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Charles Rowley. c 1892.

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Charles Rowley. c 1892.
" Keep still, it won't hurt a bit." ( Black Country Characters )
Posted by Alaska. on June 24, 2011



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Andy Galaxy
5:14 PM on June 22, 2016 
Hello Mr Sequah. I am fascinated by your great grandfather's story. Maybe we can share some info.
Andy Galaxy
5:08 PM on June 22, 2016 
Here's an article that confirms Charles identity as 'The Great Sequah' here in New Zealand:
02 (for some reason the last 2 numbers drop off the end of that URL so click on that link and add '02' on the end and you'll get the article)

I'm facsinated by his story and have found many snippets of info - like how he was the third 'Sequah' in the original Sequah Ltd etc. I'd love to find more photos of Charles. I think there's enough of a story around Charles to warrant a book.
11:12 AM on January 10, 2012 
If I come across any other information, on the " admirable old Rogue ", who was your Gt Grandfather, you can be assured Mr Sequah, you will be the first to know.
Mr Sequah
4:46 AM on January 10, 2012 
Charles Rowley earned £80 net per week when this photograph was taken. He travelled the world and entertained troops during World War I.
He was a charlatan with a charisma people loved and respected world wide, especially in New Zealand where they still have exhibitions of his work 76 years after his death.
He might have been a charlatan and a bigamist, but he was also a good man who looked after lots of people, he was a gentleman and my Great Granddad.
I am still researching him and any info about him would be welcome.
11:36 AM on June 24, 2011 
Thats a fearsome looking bunch of implements in that case.