Topic: Claudia Beatrice Pole (1908-1986)

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Claudia Jarman has been described as 'one of Tauranga's most respected artists and art teachers'.

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Claudia Beatrice Pole was born in Waipiro Bay, Gisborne, on 2 April 1908 (reg. 1908/5524). Her parents were school principal Leonard Ernest Pole and his wife Cecile Florence Pole.

Claudia attended Auckland Teacher’s College and began her career teaching English and maths but soon moved into teaching art and art history.

In 1939 Claudia arrived in Tauranga. She first taught at Tauranga District High School (Hillsdene) and then at Tauranga Girls’ College from 1958.

In 1939, she married Reginald Wilfred Jarman and they had one son, Richard.

Claudia was also involved in the Tauranga Repertory Society and along with Reginald was a foundation member of the Tauranga Chamber Music Society, bringing music to Tauranga audiences through the Music Federation of New Zealand. In 1948 Claudia and Reg founded the Tauranga Art Society which was inaugurated in 1948. She also helped to promote the Repertory Society.

Claudia died in 1986 (reg. 1986/44904).



Acorn Foundation.

Biographical Sketches of The Centennial Mural (1982) by Ernest E. Bush.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Tauranga Art Gallery.

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Claudia Beatrice Pole (1908-1986)

First Names:Claudia Beatrice
Last Name:Pole
Date of Birth:2 April 1908
Place of Birth:Waipiro Bay
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:1986
Occupation:Art Teacher
Date of arrival in Bay of Plenty:1939
Spouses name:Reginald Wilfred Jarman
Spouses date of birth:28 April 1909
Spouses date of death:1994
Date of marriage:1939
Fathers name:Leonard Ernest Pole
Fathers date of birth:c1880
Fathers date of death:1960
Mothers name:Cecile Florence Pole
Name of the children:Richard Jarman

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