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The Rev. Charles Edward O'Hara TOBIN

(My grandfather)

Born: 14 April 1879 in New Plymouth, NZ
Ordained Deacon: 17 January 1909, St Mark's Church, Wellington
Ordained Priest: 18 December 1910, All Saints' Church, Auckland
Married: 23 January 1918, St Peter's Church, Birkdale, Lancashire, UK (to Mary Edith WALSH)
Died: 20 March 1921 in Masterton Hospital, NZ


Aged 16 months.

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Painted by T. Alfred West from a photograph, no doubt posthumously. Photograph, mask

Officiating at the first ANZAC Day ceremony, Pieta Cemetery, Malta, 1916.
This scan is taken from a cutting---presumably from a New Zealand publication---found in my grandfather's papers. The associated caption reads:
A Tauranga correspondent† writes: “I send you the enclosed photograph as your paper has the widest circulation, and many people have relatives and friends buried at Malta. The service was attended by his Excellency the Governor and Lady Methuen, Major E. B. Mabin (commanding All Saints' Convalescent Camp) and Mrs Mabin, of New Zealand, and a number of officers, nursing sisters, and residents. The address was given by the Rev. C. Tobin, of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, who, after referring to the famous landing at Anzac and the work done by the Australasians, said : They would be grateful, those far-off relatives and friends, for the kindness shown by all those who, by their presence here and by their gifts of flowers, and sympathy and help, showed their respect for the men who had taken their part in one phase of the noblest crusade the world had known, whose lives were given for the cause of humanity and true civilisation.” The Last Post was sounded by a party of buglers.
† Doubtless my grandfather's mother, Laura.

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General view, Pieta Cemetery, on, I think, the first ANZAC Day on 1916 April 25. Note the Australian flag.

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[left] Returning to New Zealand. Photograph taken aboard the HMNZ Transport Rimutaka, 14 April 1919. Left to right: Mary Edith Tobin (née Walsh), John O'Hara Tobin (aged 3 months), Charles O'Hara Tobin. [right] Cartoon of Charles holding John, taken from the troopship magazine Napoo, "being an account of our last days in the outfit aboard the S.S. Rimutaka." Digitization thanks to the Auckland Museum.

Death notice (Wairarapa Daily News, 1.2 Mbyte PDF file)

In Memoriam, (Church Chronicle, Wellington, 1 April 1921, 0.9 Mbyte PDF file)

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Tombstone in Masterton Cemetery.

Forest Leaves, a booklet of his Poems and Sonnets, published posthumously by his widow (1921).

william @ bitbucket.tobin.fr (Edit out spaces and "bitbucket.", which have been added to fool web crawlers.)

Revised: 2020 March 26