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John & Susan (Froment), Jane (Thurley) & Thomas Cole, and their
Descendants in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere who have their origins in 
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Jane (Thurley/Thurlow) and Thomas Cole

Jane, the sixth child of Robert and Mary Ann (née Woods), married Thomas Cole in 1863 before leaving England and arrived in Port Chalmers aboard the Zealandia on 29 December 1873 from Gravesend. They were accompanied by Mary Elizabeth aged 3, and Thomas (jnr) aged 14 months. Thomas, a carpenter by trade and then a cabinetmaker was later to become an undertaker. He operated a funeral business in joint partnership and traded as Cole and Springer of Kensington, Dunedin. Tom Cole took a keen interest in the city and, being a strong advocate for the amalgamation of Caversham with the city of Dunedin, he later became a city councillor. In 1910, after an interesting contest, he was elected Mayor of Dunedin.

Jane was baptised on 3 April 1843 at Milton, CAM. She died on 6 April 1909 and was buried three days later at Dunedin's Southern Cemetery. Thomas was born in Cheltenham, GLS, died on 12 October 1915 and was buried with his wife, Jane.

Children of this marriage included:

  1. William Thurley Cole was born on 30 April 1866 in Kensington, London, ENG and died on 15 Aug 1869 in Hanwell, MDX, ENG, at age 3.

  2. Elizabeth Jenny Cole was born on 3 December 1867 in Kensington, London, ENG and died on 4 Apr 1869 in Hanwell, MDX, ENG, at age 1.

  3. Mary Elizabeth Cole (Grimmett) was born on 13 March 1870 in Kensington, London, ENG, died on 27 June 1946 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, and was buried on 28 June 1946 in Newcastle's Sandgate cemetery.

  4. Thomas Thurley Cole was born on 22 May 1872 in Kensington, London, ENG, died on 20 May 1908 in Musselburgh, Dunedin, OTG, NZ, at age 35, and was buried on 20 May 1908 in Southern cemetery, Dunedin, OTG, NZ.

  5. Annie Cole (Botting) was born on 19 September 1874 in Dunedin, OTG, NZ, died on 18 March 1933 at Balclutha, Otago, NZ.

  6. Alice Cole (Mackie) was born on 1 March 1877 in Dunedin, OTG, NZ, died on 5 August 1953, Invercargill, Southland, NZ.

  7. King George Cole was born on 23 February 1878 in Kensington, Dunedin, OTG, NZ, died on 2 March 1878 in Kensington, Dunedin, OTG, NZ, and was buried on 5 March 1878 in Southern cemetery, Dunedin, OTG, NZ.

  8. Robert William Cole was born on 18 January 1880 in Dunedin, OTG, NZ, died on 28 May 1881 in Dunedin, OTG, NZ, at age 1, and was buried on 30 May 1881 in Southern cemetery, Dunedin, OTG, NZ.

  9. Emily Cole (Cannon) was born on 16 October 1881 in Caversham, Dunedin, OTG, NZ, died on 25 July 1945 in Musselburgh, Dunedin, OTG, NZ, at age 63, and was cremated in Dunedin.

  10. Sydney Herbert Cole was born in May 1882 in Dunedin, OTG, NZ, died on 12 July 1882 in Dunedin, OTG, NZ, and was buried in Southern cemetery, Dunedin, OTG, NZ.

  11. Ethel Cole was born on 27 February 1883 in Dunedin, OTG, NZ and died the same day.

  12. Agnes Minnie Cole was born on 27 July 1884 in Dunedin, OTG, NZ, died on 17 June 1914 in Dunedin, OTG, NZ, at age 29, and was buried on 18 Jun 1914 in Southern cemetery, Dunedin, OTG, NZ.

  13. Edith May Cole was born on 19 November 1887 in Dunedin, OTG, NZ.



There passed away in Dunedin yesterday Mr Thomas Cole, an esteemed citizen, who has been identified with many progressive activities in Dunedin for years past. Death was due to a recurrence of apoplexy. Mr Cole was born at Cheltenham, Gloucester in 1845, and was apprenticed to the cabinet-making trade in London, where he worked with the late Mr Springer, who became his partner in Dunedin, the firm carrying on business first as carpenters and builders after their arrival here in 1873. They had taken over the business of Spicer, Murray, in George street, and subsequently entered into business as undertakers. On the death of Mr Springer, Mr Cole carried on the business alone. He was a keen advocate for the amalgamation of Caversham with the city, and when the merging was effected he became a city councillor. In 1910, after an interesting contest, he was elected Mayor of Dunedin. He was elected chairman of the Tramways Committee for the second occasion just recently. He was a director of the Otago Caledonian Society, of which he was a vice-president. He was offered the honour of election as president, but refused, for the reason that he was at the time considerably occupied with private business and public matters. Mr Cole was also well known as an earnest promoter of friendly society affairs. He was an enthusiastic Oddfellow of the Independent Order, and soon after his arrival in New Zealand, he joined the Star of Otago Lodge, which amalgamated with the Pioneer Lodge, of which he was to the end an ardent member. He was a past grand officer, and for a number of years treasurer, and was a representative at the first session held in Auckland. He was elected a deputy grand master at the Wellington session, and on the retirement of Mr A. W. Brown, was elected grand master, which office he held till the end of the term, not seeking re-election. He was also a trustee of the Grand Lodge, but resigned some years ago prior to a trip abroad. Mr Cole was a consistent member of the Dunedin Lodge Freemasons. He was highly popular with both societies, and his genial goodfellowship and integrity endeared him to all with whom he was associated. On his visit to the Old Country Mr Cole had a slight attack of illness, which ultimately caused his death, and since his return had always spoken with gratitude of the attention given him by the Mormons of Salt Lake City when he became ill. In his life's work the deceased may be truly said to have succeeded in a manner characteristic of old identities of this province. Mr Cole is survived by five daughters, four of whom are married.

At the annual meeting of the Cargill Road Wesley Church last evening, appropriate reference was made to the death of Mr Cole, who was one of the oldest trustees of the church. The sympathy of the congregation was tendered to the members of the family in their bereavement.

Prior to the commencement of the general business of the St Kilda Council last night, the Mayor (Mr McFarlane) paid a tribute to the memory of Cr Cole who, he said, had devoted a good deal of his time to the interest of the city. As a resident and a citizen he was absolutely a square man in all his dealings, and he would be very much missed in the community. He moved-'That this council tender its sincere sympathy to the family of the deceased in their bereavement, and that the town clerk be authorised to forward a copy of this resolution to the deceased's relatives.' The motion was carried, the councillors standing.

The death of Cr Cole was referred to at the Mornington Borough Council last night before the ordinary business was taken. On the motion of Cr Patton, seconded by Cr Dalton, the clerk was instructed to convey the sympathy of the council to the bereaved relatives. The Mayor (Mr Sincock) also paid a tribute to the energetic public-spirited labours of the deceased gentleman.

Before proceeding with the usual musical programme at the monthly meeting of the Dunedin Orphans' Club last evening, the chairman (Mr Dugald McPherson) made feeling reference to the loss sustained by the club through the death of Bro. Thomas Cole, whose long period of membership and many estimable qualities had made him a very popular member, and whose death they all deployed. On the motion of the chairmen, it was resolved to forward a message conveying the club's sympathy to the bereaved family.


Source: Otago Daily Times, 16th October 1915




The remains of the late Mr T. Cole, an ex-Mayor of Dunedin, and for long associated with civic life, for many years with the Caversham Borough, and later (after amalgamation) with the city, were interred in the Southern Cemetery yesterday afternoon. The funeral was attended by a large gathering of representative citizens, including the Mayor (Mr J.J. Clark); many of the councillors, a large number of ex-Mayors, officials of various departments of the corporation, and also businessmen. The hearse was preceded by members of the Masonic and Oddfellows, the Lodge Dunedin, No. 931, E.C., of which the late Mr Cole was a member going first, and the Pioneer Lodge, I.O.O.F., and sister lodges next in order. Then on either side of the hearse were the Mayor, the acting Town Clerk (Mr Johnston), and city councillors, the councillors attending being Messrs Wilson, Hancock, White, Small, Hayward, Green, Taverner, Carroll, Begg, Black, Sinclair, Scott and Douglas. Following the hearse were the chief mourners, and then came the ex-Mayors, Messrs James Gore, John Roberts, C.M.G., W. Dawson, J.A. Park, J. Loudon, T. Scott, J. Braithwaite, G.L. Denniston, G. Lawrence, T.R. Christie, J.H. Walker, J. McDonald and J.B. Shacklock. There [sic] were followed by the members of the Dunedin Municipal Officers' Association, then representatives of various public bodies and private bodies and last the general public on foot and in carriages. Among the private bodies were the Orphans' Club (who also sent a wreath), the Caledonian Society and the Southern Starr-Bowkett Society. Messrs J.J. Marlow (an ex-councillor), and J.C. Stephens were also noticeable among those who attended.

There was a good assemblage of spectators to see the cortege leave for the cemetery. The Rev. F.T. Read conducted the service at the residence and also at the graveside. After the graveside ceremony W.M. Bro. H.P. Desmoulins of Lodge Dunedin, conducted a Masonic ceremony over the grave.

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HUSBAND, John c2007, Pubs o’ the South : A Collection of Paintings and Drawings of the public houses of Otago, Dunedin, Central Otago, Southland & Invercargill, Invercargill

MASON, Judy and WILSON, Heather c1989, The History of Education in the Upper Manuherikia Valley: Becks, Cambrian, Lauder Railway, St Bathans, NZ

NICOLSON-GARRETT, Gladys 1977, St Bathans, John McIndoe, Dunedin

St Bathans : An Historic Town, 1977, Dunedin

WILSON, Heather and MASON, Judy c1989, St Bathans and Cambrian 125 Years of Sport and Entertainment, Wilson, Naseby NZ.


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Pacific Way, NZ July 1990 No. 31

Otago Daily Times, June 20, 1997 pp12-13

Otago Daily Times, December 21, 2001 p17

Otago Daily Times, Weekend, November 27-28, 2004

NZ Today, September 2006 No. 18


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