William Henry TOBIN + Laura BROWN - Tauranga
William Henry 'Bill' TOBIN (1851-1914)
married on 1 June 1878 to:
Laura BROWN (1854-1930)
... William was a teacher at Waitara in the 1870s. Laura was the daughter of Major Charles Brown. She was a keen horsewoman. She met Bill at a hunt at Inglewood. After spending many years teaching at native schools in Northland they returned to Taranaki where Bill taught at Inglewood and New Plymouth
He retired to Tauranga and died there in 1914
WILLIAM & LAURA had 9 known children:
1879 - 1921 Charles Edward O'Hara Tobin
* born in New Plymouth
* Charles married Mary Edith 'Sissie' WALSH, a Queen Alexandra’s nurse, on 23 Jan 1918 at Birkdale, Lancashire.
The Times (London) 26 Jan 1918 & Bay Of Plenty Times 18 March 1918 - TOBIN - WALSH On the 23rd January 1918 at St Peter's Parish Church of St Peter, Birkdale, Lancashire by the Rev E. C. Collier M.A., Vicar, the Rev. Charles Edward O'Hara Tobin C.F.N.Z.E.F, eldest son of the late William Henry John Tobin of 'Nevis' Tauranga, NZ to Mary Edith (Sissie), eldest daughter of the late James Gordon Walsh M.D., of Ormskirk, Lancashire and granddaughter of the late William Carter of Willow Hill, Manchester.
* they had a son in England in 1919, John O'Hara Tobin (see at end)
* Charles Edward O'Hara Tobin served in WWI as Chaplain Captain 18/4 (Reverend) with the Chaplain Corps, 2nd Reinforcements
* He died 20 March 1921 in Masterton Hospital
* Wairarapa Daily News 21 March 1921 TOBIN - On March 20th, after three days' illness, the Rev. Charles Edward O'Hara Tobin, Principal of Hikurangi College, Clareville, aged 42 years. Funeral on Tuesday, 22nd inst., at 1.30 p.m., at St Matthew's Church, Masterton. Friends please accept this intimation. No flowers.
* his OBITUARY - The death took place in the Masterton Hospital yesterday shortly after his admission the same day of the Rev. Charles Edward O'Hara Tobin, princiPAL of the Hikurangi Maori College, Carterton, at the age of 42 years. The deceased gentleman had only been ailing for the past week, and his ailment, while recoginised as very dangerous, was not expected to be so suddenly fatal.
Mr Tobin was trained at St John's College, Auckland, and ordained deacon in 1909 by the Right Rev. Dr. Wallis, Bishop of Wellington. The same year he was appointed curate of St. Mark's, Wellington, and in 1910 was ordained to the priesthood. Later, he was appointed vicar of Pongaroa, where he performed good service. On August 4, 1914, when war was declared, the late Mr Tobin volunteered for active service as a chaplain, and was probably the first minister in the Dominion, and certainly in the Wellington diocese, to do so. He served throughout the war with the N.Z.E.F., first in Egypt, Callipoli, and Malta, and later in France and England, where he was married. Mrs Tobin was a member of the Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., and saw service in the Mediterranea, Italy, and England. Upon his return to the Domionion, Mr Tobin was appointed principal of the Maori College at Clareville, which position he filled with marked success. His death will be regretted throught New Zealand. He was a splendid type of young clergyman, and his demise will be a distinct loss to the Church. To his sorrowing widow and infant son will be extended the sympathy of the whole district. Mr Tobin's parents reside at Tauranga. The funeral will leave St. Matthew's Church, Masterton, at 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday
* Charles was accorded a Military Funeral at Masterton and is buried Plot CET, Row 14, Area Plan II at Archer Street Cemetery
* Evening Post 7 July 1921 A motion was carried by the Diocesan Synod yesterday, placing on record the deep sense of loss sustained by the Anglican Church in the death of the Rev. C. E. O'Hara Tobin, and high appreciation of his work as assistant-curate at St Mark's , Wellington, Vicar of Rangiora, Chaplain to the N.Z.E.F., and Headmaster of Hikurangi College
NOTE his wife Mary and son John returned to Britain.
From the Royal College of Physicians ...
John O'Hara Tobin (1919-2007), BM BCh Oxon(1942), Dip Bact(1948), MRCPath(1963), FRCPath(1970), MRCP(1971), FRCP(1979), DM(1991)
1880 - 1961 Laura Louisa Margaret Tobin
- Laura married William Thompson McCALLUM (1866-1937) in 1927
1882 - 1960 Frederica Mary Cecil Tobin
- Frederica married Henry HARTLEY in 1911
1885 - 1918 George Henry Webbe Tobin
* George served in WWI as Private 12/3846 with the NZEF, 10th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company, embarking from Wellington 4 March 1916. His next of kin was his mother Mrs Laura TOBIN, 'Nevis' 11th Avenue, Tauranga
* George was KILLED IN ACTION in Somme, France on 15 September 1916 aged 31. He is buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
* 2 October 1916 TOBIN - On 15th September, 1916, killed in action in France, Private George Henry Webbe Tobin, second son of Mrs Wm. Henry J. Tobin, "Nevis", Tauranga
* 26 October 1920 MEMORIALS TO FALLEN SOLDIERS Impressive Service at Trinity Church - A solemn and impressive service was held in Holy Trinity Church on Sunday evening, when two memorials to fallen soldiers were unveiled. One was a handsome brass eagle lectern presented to the Church by the parents (Colonel and Mrs Ward) and brother in memory of the late Sidney Lancelot Ward, and the other a brass tablet in memory of the late George Tobin, second son of Mrs Tobin and the late Mr W. H. J. Tobin, who died at Flers while in the act of cutting through wire entanglements ... (more at this link)
So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those Angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since,
and lost awhile
... The tablet was unveiled by Colonel Porritt, of Waihi (in absence of Mr C. E. MacMillan, who as an old friend of the family was to have unveiled it, but was unfortunately indisposed) and on it is engraved "In loving memory of George Henry Webbe, 6th Hauraki Regiment, N.Z.E.F. second son of William Henry John and Laura Tobin. Killed in action at the capture of Flers, September 15th. 1916, aged 31 years"
1887 - ? Constance Harriet Georgina Tobin
* on the 1911-1935 NZ Electoral Rolls, unmarried at Tauranga
1890 - ? William Frederick Henry Tobin
- nothing known
1892 - 1955 Eleanor Henrietta Elizabeth 'Nell' Tobin
- Eleanor married Claude Alan JORDAN (1891-1978) in 1926
- in 1909 Claude (aged 18 of Wellington), passed his Civil Service and Free Places examination
* Nell trained as a nurse at Wellington Hospital in 1915 and worked at Rotorua Hospital and Pukeora Sanatorium, Waipukurau. She married Alan Jordan, farmer and later orchardist of Tauranga. They had one daughter, Diana Elizabeth Jordan (1928-2002)
1894 - 1983 Blanche Kathleen Lydia Tobin
* in 1912 (aged 18), Blanche (of Auckland) passed with credit the Civil Serrvice Junior Examination
- Blanche was not married.
1898 - 1978 John Francis Villiers Tobin
* in 1913 John qualified for a senior free place at District High Schools in the Pupil Teacher Examinations
* in 1917 he passed in 4 subjects in the Civil Service Senior Examinations
* John served in WWI as Private 71359 with the NZEF, 36th Reinforcements B Company, embarking from Wellington 23 April 1918. His next of kin was his mother Laura Tobin at 11th Avenue, Tauranga
- John married Annie Dallimore WORTH (1899-1983) in 1923
Private 12/3846 George Henry Webbe TOBIN