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]

Notes

  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.

References

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Robert James Creighton
Member of Parliament for Eden
1876-1887
Succeeded by
Edwin Mitchelson
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Conolly
Minister of Justice
1884-1887
Succeeded by
Thomas Fergus



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