Joseph Tole
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Joseph Tole

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1876–1879 6th Eden Independent
1879–1881 7th Eden Independent
1881–1884 8th Eden Independent
1884–1887 9th Eden Independent

Joseph Augustus Tole (1846 - 13 December 1920) was a 19th-century New Zealand politician, and Minister of Justice from 1884 to 1887.[1]

He was born in 1846 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England.[2] He came to Auckland with his parents,[3] John Tole and Margaret O'Halloran.[2] He attended St Peter's School under the guidance of his teacher, Richard O'Sullivan.[3] From St Peter's School, he knew John Sheehan.[3]

He married Eleanor Blanche Mary Lewis in Auckland on 4 November 1882.[2]

He represented the Auckland electorate of Eden from 1876 general election (held on 6 January) until 1887, when he contested the Newton electorate.[4] The two other candidates were Edward Withy (a political novice who, after early retirement from business, had emigrated with his large family to Auckland in 1884) and Henry Thomas Garrett.[5] Tole and Garrett were liberal politicians, whilst Withy was a conservative.[6] The liberal vote was split, and Tole, Withy and Garrett received 606, 701 and 170 votes, respectively, with Withy thus elected.[7][8]

In 1893, he became Crown Prosecutor at Auckland and remained in that role until his death. He was among the inaugural New Zealand King's Counsel appointed in 1907.[9] His death on 13 December 1920 came suddenly.[10]


  1. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 39.
  2. ^ a b c McCarthy, Linda M. "Joseph Augustus Tole". Lewis Family Ancestors. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Cyclopedia Company Limited 1902, p. 107.
  4. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 144.
  5. ^ "Newton". Auckland Star. XVIII (219). 19 September 1887. p. 5. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Newton". Auckland Star. XVIII (224). 24 September 1887. p. 4. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "The Elections". Wanganui Chronicle. XXX (11606). 1 October 1887. p. 2. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 148.
  9. ^ "Obituary". Northern Advocate. 13 December 1920. p. 2. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Obituary". Ashburton Guardian. XLI (9392). 14 December 1920. p. 5. Retrieved 2012.


New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Robert James Creighton
Member of Parliament for Eden
Succeeded by
Edwin Mitchelson
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Conolly
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Thomas Fergus

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