T.Forbes & Sons (PVT.) Ltd.

T.Forbes & Sons (PVT.) Ltd.


Thomas Forbes was born at Alford, near Aberdeen, 1879. Receiving a liberal education in the town of his birth, he served his apprenticeship with Mr. John Watt, watchmaker, of Alford. Proceeding to Peterhead in 1901, he was for two years with Mr. Stephen, watchmaker and jeweller, of that town, and later went to Messrs. James Smith and Son, of Aberdeen.

Leaving Scotland in 1905, Mr. Forbes came to Cape Town, and proceeding to Bulawayo, arrived in that town on the 12th April, where he joined the well-known firm of Mr. William Caie, one of the leading watchmakers and jewellers in the town. Held the position of head of the watch and clock repairing department.

Around 1927, it appears William Caie passed away (potentially upon return to Scotland) and Forbes took over the business.

Thomas Forbes died in 1971.


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