Topic: Daniel Austin Tole (1836-1904)

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Daniel Austin Tole was a Provincial Surveyor and served as Chief Commissioner of Crown Lands for the Auckland region which led him to regularly visit Tauranga. He fought in the New Zealand Wars for which he received the New Zealand War medal for service.

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Daniel Austin Tole was born in Ireland in 1836 to John and Margaret Tole (nee O'Halloran).

He was a Captain during the New Zealand Wars and was awarded the New Zealand War medal for service in the third New Zealand - or Waikato - Waikato War (1863-4). The photograph of him to the left is from New Zealand Illustrated Magazine (1 November 1900, p. 126).

On 12 June 1879 he attended the wedding of Katikati founder George Vesey Stewart’s daughter Emily Charlotte Sophia Stewart to Richard Surtees in Katikati.

In 1886 (reg. 1886/1108) Daniel married Mary Augustus Smales who was born in Hobart, Tasmania.


The children of Daniel Austin Tole:

  1. John Charles Tole (1890-1967). Born in 1890 [unregistered?]. According to Creative Auckland John 'worked as a lawyer from 1919 until 1946 when he became a fulltime artist'. He lived with his younger brother Charles at '12 Seaview Road in Remuera'.
  2. George Edmund Tole (1896-1972). Born in 1896 (reg. 1896/7594). George became an architect in partnership with Horace Lovell Massey (1895-1978). He died in 1972 (reg. 1972/27269).
  3. Kathleen Vera Maria Tole (1898-1899). Born in 1898 (reg. 1898/648). She died, aged 4 months, in 1899 (reg. 1899/377).
  4. Charles Holbert Senales Tole (1903-1988). Born on 21 January 1903 (reg. 1903/20518). According to Creative Auckland Charles 'was educated at Sacred Heart College and Auckland University College and became a civil servant' and 'started painting with oil paints on prepared boards around 1940'. He died in 1988 (reg. 1988/34814).

The Hawkes Bay Herald reported on 1 February 1888: A number of officials in Auckland have received notification that their services will be dispensed with owing to retrenchment. Amongst their number is Mr D A TOLE, Chief Commissioner of Crown Lands. He has received one month's notice of dismissal and has been in the service 30 years.

Daniel died in Auckland, age 63, on 12 September 1904 (reg. 1904/4463). He was buried in Symonds Street Cemetery on 14 September 1904.

His death notice appeared in the New Zealand Herald on 13 September 1904: TOLE - On September 12, at his residence, Ponsonby, Daniel Austin Tole, late Commissioner of Crown Lands.-Requiescat in Peace. The funeral will leave his late residence at three o'clock tomorrow (Wednesday), the 14th inst. (New Zealand Herald, 13 September 1904, p. 11). 

His obituary appeared in the New Zealand Tablet on 29 September 1904: MR D A TOLE, AUCKLAND (From our Auckland correspondent.) Mr D A Tole, formerly Crown Lands Commissioner in Auckland Province, passed away last Sunday week at his residence, ponsonby, fortified by the rites of our Holy Church. The deceased had been for some time in indifferent health, the immediate cause of his death being a severe chill. He had been for many years a member of St. Patrick's choir, and subsequently, until his health prevented him, he was a valued member of the Sacred Heart choir, Ponsonby. He leaves a widow and eight young children to mourn their loss. His remains were taken to the Sacred Heart Church, where a Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Very Rev. Dr. Egan, O.S.B., the funeral taking place on Wednesday afternoon. His Lordship the Bishop, the Right Rev. Mgr. O'Reilly, Very Rev. Dr. Egan, Fathers Patterson, Adm., Buckley, Gillan, and Holbrook were present. The chief mourners were the Hon. J. A. Tole and Messrs. John and William Tole, brothers of the deceased, and a very large and representative body of citizens. The interment took place in the Symonds street cemetery. - R.I.P. (New Zealand Tablet, 29 September 1904, p. 15).

From 1907 to 1917 Mary lived at 'Wharema' at 34 Portland Road, Remuera, Auckland. The Historic Places Trust Website states: In 1907, the land was transferred to Mary Augusta Tole (née Smales), the widow of Daniel Tole (?-1904). Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Mary Tole became a prominent member of the Catholic community after arriving in Auckland, serving as vice-president of the Catholic Women's League and as a member of the ladies' committee of the Blind Institute in Newmarket. At the time of her occupation of Wharema, Mary Tole was a mother to eight children - most of them still at a young age - of whom several would achieve artistic and other prominence. These included the architect George Tole (1896-1972), who designed numerous significant buildings in Auckland and gained the NZIA Gold Medal in 1933 for the design and supervision of St Michael's Church, Remuera with Horace Massey. He was also President of the Tree Society for three years. His elder brother John (1890-1967) assisted him on some projects, becoming a well-known lawyer and artist, and winning the Bledisloe Landscape Medal in 1953 for his painting 'Beyond Taihape'. Another brother Charles (1903-1988) gained a reputation as an even more significant artist, producing paintings such as 'Landscape' and 'Road to the Quarry', and receiving the Serjent First Award in 1970. Influenced by American Modernism, Charles has been considered one of the dozen leading artists in New Zealand in the 1950s and early 1960s, and was referred to at his death as 'one of New Zealand's most distinguished artists of the older generation.' Both John and Charles formed, and exhibited with, the Thornhill group of Auckland painters in the 1940s and 1950s, with Charles in particular being associated with the development of Early Modernism in New Zealand. John was also a foundation member of the Auckland Catholic Repertory Company and a long-term member of the Auckland Society of Arts. The Tole family occupied the house for ten years, selling it in 1917 to the merchant Arthur Tattley (1885?-1935) [abridged].   

Mary died, age 79, in 1943 (reg. 1943/26130).



Auckland City Libraries

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand)

Creative Auckland

New Zealand Herald via PapersPast

New Zealand Tablet via PapersPast

Tole Family: Ireland, England & New Zealand

Wharema: New Zealand Historic Places Trust

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Daniel Austin Tole (1836-1904)

First Names:Daniel Austin
Last Name:Tole
Date of Birth:1836
Country of birth:Ireland
Date of death:12 September 1904
Place of death:Ponsonby, Auckland
Place of burial:Symonds Street Cemetery
Date of Arrival:late 1870s
Spouses name:Mary Augustus Smales
Spouses date of birth:1863
Spouses place of birth:Hobart, Tasmania
Spouses date of death:1943
Date of marriage:1886
Fathers name:John Tole
Fathers date of birth:c1807
Fathers place of birth:Ireland
Fathers date of death:24 November 1879
Fathers place of death:Auckland
Mothers name:Margaret O'Halloran
Mothers date of birth:c1808
Mothers date of death:1879
Name of sibilings:Joseph Augustus Tole , William Tole, John Lambert Tole, Clara Tole, Edward Frances Tole, and Mary Tole
Military Service:New Zealand Wars