Makers Of Canterbury - Pioneers of the Province - Jollie Bros.

Obituary - Francis Jollie

Timaru Herald 3 Dec. 1870 pg2

It is with the most keen regret that we have to announce the death of Mr Jollie, which took place at his residence, Peel Forest, on Wednesday morning last. Mr Jollie was one of the oldest settlers in New Zealand, having come to the colony in the year 1842 as the agent, in Nelson, of the New Zealand Company. Mr Jollie delivered a speech in Timaru on 15th Dec., 1865, on the occasion of a public dinner being given to him when he determined to seek the suffrages of the newly formed district of Gladstone, in which he resided. Mr Jollie then said:-

DEATH: November 30, at Peel Forest, Rangitata, Francis JOLLIE, Esq., M.H.R. aged 55 years [TH 3 Dec.1870]

Timaru Herald Dec, 7th 1870 pg 2
The funeral of the late Mr Jollie took place on Monday at Geraldine, and was very numerously attended by his friends and the principal residents of the Timaru district.

About the year1855 Mr Jollie went home to England, and returned to Canterbury, in 5th January 1859 on the "Clontarf" with a couple of dogs and Acland when he married, and after residing a short time near Christchurch, took up his residence in 1860 or 1861 on his run at Peel Forest. On the Timaru district being declared an electoral district, Mr Jollie again sought political life, and in 1861 was returned a member for this district in the General Assembly. He retained his seat for Timaru for nearly five years, and at the separation of the Timaru District into two districts - the Timaru and the Gladstone, in 1865 - the services of Mr Jollie were eagerly sought by his old constituents in the Timaru District. He preferred standing for election for the newly formed district of Gladstone, waiving his claim to Timaru in favor of his friend Mr Alfred Cox. In August 1866, under the Stafford Government he was offered and accepted a seat in the Cabinet, as Colonial treasurer. Beside, being known as an honest politician, and a hard working public servant, Mr Jollie's worth was recognised in another field. As a political writer his value was known, and the columns of the nelson Examiner in former years used frequently, and we ourselves have to acknowledge many contributions to the columns of the Timaru Herald.

The deceased gentleman represented a type now fast passing away - that of the old colonist, who has seen and taken part in many vicissitudes incidental to the struggles peculiar to a young colony. For twenty-eight years the late Francis Jollie was an active participator in most events, political and other, that have taken place in New Zealand, and his vigorous and clear mind has left an impress on them which will not be readily eradicated. We believe that the approximate cause of death Mr Jollie's death was from the effects of a sun stroke, which happened to him some time since, aided by the action of some internal disease, which he had for a long time suffered under.

"Christchurch Press" Sat. 2 August 1930
Makers Of Canterbury - Pioneers of the Province - Jollie Bros.

Francis Jollie 1815 - 1870
Francis the eldest of the family, has settled in Nelson before the Wairau affray, and well remembered the dismay cast upon the province by that event. For a short period he acted as resident agent for the NZ Company. He took a leading part in the demand for constitution and when the provinces were established (in 1853) he stood for superintendency of Nelson against Stafford but was defeated; Stafford 251, Saxton 206, Jollie 130.
In 1853 Jollie moved to Canterbury and took up land at Peel Forest. In 1855 he paid a visit to the Old Country and returning in 1859, he married and lived for a short period in Christchurch. His interests being in South Canterbury, Jollie took up the cudgels on behalf of the out districts, demanding for the settlers the right to spend their own revenue on their own works. From 1861 -1866 he represented Timaru in Parliament, and from 1866 - 1870 he represented Gladstone. For a short while in 1866 he was Colonial Treasurer in the Stafford Ministry, but he retired on a reconstruction forced by Moorhouse, who declined office for himself. He was a quiet unassuming member of Parliament, always assertive for the rights of his district, and his efforts had much to do with serving for South Canterbury, The Timaru and Gladstone Board of Works, which controlled the expenditure of local revenues. In Nelson and in Timaru he did useful work as a leader writer for the "Nelson Examiner" and the "Timaru Herald" he had intended retiring from politics when his death occurred on 30th November 1870.

Edward Jollie 1825 - 1894

Two brothers Jollie came to Canterbury after a short stay in other parts of the Colony, but early enough to rank amongst the original pioneers of this province. The Jollies came of a Huguenot family which fled to Scotland during the persecutions of France, and moved to Cumberland about the end of the 18th century. The two who came to NZ were the eldest and fourth sons of Francis Jollie of Brampton near Carlisle. Edward was born on 1 September 1825. We do not know much of their early life but at age 17 Edward came to NZ in the ship "Brougham" as one of the survey cadets under the NZ Company. Francis reached Nelson in the "Fifeshire" in January 1842 and Edward landed in March. Young Edward saw a good deal of the varied and exciting service in different parts of NZ. In 1846 he was sent down to Otago to assist in surveying the block on which it was proposed to settle the colony from Scotland. The work was let in contract blocks, Jollie being engaged in partnership with Wylie and A.Wills on the block which included the Clutha, Kaihiku and Waiwera. In that service he became acquainted with Captain Thomas who undertook the block between the Clutha and the Tokomairiro Rivers. Proceeding from Otago to Nelson, Jollie seems to have sent some time there farming with his brother on the understanding that as soon as the locality of the Canterbury settlement was decided upon, he should join Thomas in the survey. While in Nelson Jollie made the first overland trip with sheep between Nelson and North Canterbury by way of what was afterwards called Jollie's Pass.
The Canterbury scheme having been developed, Jollie came down to Lyttelton in August 1849 and entered upon the work of the survey under Captain Thomas. His first task was the survey of the town of Lyttelton, was satisfactorily accomplished, and in October he proceeded to do a similar duty for the projected town of Sumner. By the end of the year, owing to a vacancy in the staff, Jollie was brought to work on the survey of Christchurch. While so engaged he lived in a grass hut at "The Bricks" belonging to the surveyor Scroggs, amongst his newest neighbours being Cass and the Deans Bros. In planning Christchurch, Jollie laid out a few crescents, which Thomas disallowed. He also proposed to make some of the streets two chain wide so that trees could be planted down the middle, but here again Thomas demurred until it was too late to alter the plans. The naming of the streets in Lyttelton and Christchurch was carried by a rather amusing device. By the aid of the peerage, names of Bishoprics of the Church of England were read out and one by one, approved by Thomas and written upon the map. Lyttelton having been first treated some of the most stylish names were used up there. It was considered unwise to use the same names in Christchurch and hence we find quite a lot of the streets in the city being the namesof Irish and rather obscure Colonial sees; Tuam, Cashel, Antigua, Barbadoes. The work was completed by March 1850 and eleven months later Jollie was present at the Land Office on the site of Christchurch when the settlers made their first selections of land. Edward Jollie decided to make his permanent home in the province, and he continued to practice his profession of surveyor for some years. A great deal of the survey work in South Canterbury fell to him and Hewlings. One block of 2 million acres between the Rangitata and the Waitangi, they surveyed on contract at 28s. per thousand acres; and in the following year (1859) Jollie was sent down to survey the Govt. town of Timaru. In 1860 Jollie was elected to represent Cheviot in Parliament and he held his seat until other business compelled him to resign in 1861. In that year he married Caroline Armstrong daughter of the Rev. John Muggeridge Orsmond and made his home in Canterbury. In 1865 he was elected to represent Heathcote in the Provincial Council and he almost immediately became a member of Tancred's Executive in which he served for twelve months. At the elections in 1866 he was elected for Selwyn which constituency he continued to represent for the remainder of the Provincial period (until 1876). On the Council reassembling in 1866 he took Office as Leader of an Executive for a few weeks. Again in March 1868 he took office and continued until June the following year, when he was defeated and remained out of office for twelve hours. Returning to the Govt. benches as Provincial Secretary he was in office until 1870. Once more in 1874-75, he was the Executive, this time under the leadership of Montgomery. On the abolition of the Provinces Jollie returned his attentions to farming on his property at Southbridge. Having now a considerable family, 2sons and 7 daughters, he went to England in 1879 for their education, and remained there for 5 years, when he returned he went to the North Island, taking up land at Waireka near Patea, where he lived for the remainder of his days. He also had an interest in Napier land and estate business of Jollie, Fulton & Co. He died on August 7th 1894. Jollie was one of the founders of the Christchurch Club in 1856.

The Star 11th April 1889, pg2

Edward Jollie, one of the best known of the prominent men of Canterbury in "the early days". It was he who laid out the town of Christchurch amid swamp, flax bush, shingle-bed, and Wild Irishman, never expecting to see it grow it its present proportions, and in later times filled various offices in the old Provincial Council. His son Lieut. Francis Jollie, of the 20th Hussars has seen some service in Egypt in the last few years and lately appointed on the staff of General Grenfell at Suakim. His diary... Francis was born 30 March 1865 in Christchurch.


On 14th May 1861 at St Mary's Church, by the Lord Bishop of New Zealand, Edward Jollie Esq. of Canterbury, New Zealand, to Miss Caroline Orsmond of Auckland. [New Zealander 5 June 1861] Children.

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