Topic: Charles Thomas Dunne (1851-1947)

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Constable Charlie Dunne was an early policeman in Katikati. A versatile man, he was secretary for the Roads, Cemetery and Domain Boards, as well as a bandmaster and choirmaster.

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Charles Thomas Dunne was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 5 March 1851 and was christened at the Parish of St Catherine's in Dublin on 2 May 1851. His parents were Cabinet Weaver Thomas Johnson and Eliza S Dunne (nee Jones) of Dolphins Barn in Dublin who married in 1846

It is said that Charles served in the Imperial Army.

He arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Carisbrooke Castle on 8 September 1875 with his parents and three sisters. From there, they were transported to Tauranga and then on to Katikati.

In 1885 he married Isabella Rowan Montgomery who was born in 1862. They had six children together:

  1. Charles Henry Dunne (1886-1979). Born in Katikati in 1886, Charles married Annie Jane Simms in 1916. He died in Auckland in 1979 and was buried at Otahuhu.
  2. Margaret Burney Dunne (1889-1976). Born in Katikati in 1889, Margaret married John Stewart Middlebrook. She died in Katikati in 1976 and is buried in Katikati Cemetery.
  3. Albert Thomas Dunne (1890-1954). Born in Katikati in 1890, Albert served during World War I (1914-1918). He married Marjorie Winifred Webster in 1923. Albert died in Whangarei in 1954 and was buried in Whangarei Cemetery.
  4. Ethel Eliza Dunne (1893-1983). Born in Katikati in 1893, Ethel served as the Katikati postmistress. She married Robert Harold Holmes in 1922. She died in Auckland in 1983 and was cremated at Purewa.
  5. Isabella Irene Dunne (1895-1979). Born in Katikati in 1895, Isabella married Charles Annabell in 1936. She died in Auckland in 1979 and was cremated at Purewa.
  6. Mary Louise Dunne (1898-1987). Born in Katikati in 1898, Mary first married Patrick Vincent Burns in 1923. She married Horace Trevor McIntosh in 1957. Mary died in Otahuhu, Auckland in 1987 and was cremated at Papatoetoe.

Charles Thomas Dunne and family c1894

Charles Thomas Dunne with his wife Isabella Rowan Montgomery and Charles Henry Dunne in the back row, and Margaret Burney Dunne (Lily), Albert Thomas Dunne and Ethel Eliza Dunne in the front row (c1894).

Charles was a policeman in Katikati from 1888 on a salary of £18 per annum, being appointed the Waterford District Police Constable. This was renamed the Katikati Police Station in 1892.

Katikati Brass Band, c1900

Katikati Brass Band, c1900 (This photograph of the Katikati Brass Band was taken by Mr Diggelmann c1900). Front Row: Thomas Rea, Graham Lever, Constable Charles Dunne, Robert Wilson, Bruce Killen, Bill Gilbert, John Klaus, Jim Boyd, Jack Henry, Tom Buckworth, Drummer boy: Bertie Dunne. Back Row: Thomas Ferguson (first cousin of the New Zealand Governor Ferguson I), Tom Henry, Noble Johnston III, Jack Gilbert, Harry Dunne, Tom Buckworth, William Lockington, Charles Charlton.

Isabella died, aged 55, on 24 July 1917 (reg. 1917/5153). The following year, in 1918, Charles married Jane Brimer Scott.

In 1922 Charles retired from the police force.

Charles Thomas Dunne (1851-1947)

Jane died, aged 82, in 1942 (reg. 1942/17360).

Charles died in Katikati, aged 96, on 15 September 1947 (reg. 1947/25868). He was buried in Katikati Cemetery.



An Ulster Plantation by Arthur James Gray.

Bay of Plenty Times.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Ellen McCormack (personal communication).

Find A Grave: Katikati Cemetery.

Graeme Dunne.

Policing Two Peoples: A History of Police in the Bay of Plenty, 1867-1992 (c1993) by Jinty Rorke.

The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Katikati and District (2012) by Christine Clement and Ellen McCormack.

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Charles Thomas Dunne (1851-1947)

First Names:Charles Thomas
Last Name:Dunne
Date of Birth:5 March 1851
Place of Birth:Dublin
Country of birth:Ireland
Date of death:15 September 1947
Place of death:Katikati
Place of burial:Katikati Cemetery
First settled:Katikati
Date of Arrival:8 September 1875
Name of the ship:Carisbrooke Castle
Port of arrival:Auckland
Sailed from:Belfast
Spouses name:Isabella Rowan Montgomery and Jan Brimer Scott
Spouses date of birth:1862
Spouses date of death:24 July 1917
Spouses place of burial:Katikati Cemetery
Date of marriage:1885 and 1918
Fathers name:Thomas Johnson Dunne
Fathers date of birth:c1828
Fathers place of birth:Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland
Fathers date of death:17 November 1911
Fathers place of death:Katikati
Fathers nationality:Irish
Mothers name:Eliza S Jones
Mothers date of birth:c1823
Mothers place of birth:United States of America
Mothers date of death:26 December 1900
Mothers place of death:Katikati
Mothers nationality:American
Name of sibilings:Emmaline Eliza Dunne (1853-1943), Caroline Sarah Dunne (1857-1912), and Anna Maria Dunne (1860-1934)
Name of the children:Mary Louise Dunne, Charles Henry Dunne, Margaret Burney Dunne, Albert Thomas Dunne, Ethel Eliza Dunne, and Isabella Irene Dunne
Military Service:Imperial Army
Activities involved in:Bandmaster