Burial register ID: 9505
Surname: CARROLL
First name: JOHN
Middle names:
Gender: Male
Age: 64 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 11-Nov-1903
Date of burial: 13-Nov-1903

Block: 172
Plot: 21

Bio contributor:

John Carroll (1836-1903) was the first Catholic Mayor of Dunedin. He lived after 1892 as a ‘gentleman’ on a property in Walker Street, one of Dunedin’s most colourful streets which later became Carroll Street, renamed after him.

He was born in County Tipperary on 11 June 1886 to Thomas Carroll, a contractor and Bridget (ne’e Cummings) and was trained as a stonemason. After heading to the Victorian goldrush in Australia, he moved to Otago when gold was discovered at Gabriel’s Gully. After working as a stonemason in Dunedin for about a year he moved to the gold diggings and had some success on the Shotover River.. In 1863 he married Lily Isabel (ne’e Nelson} and returned to Dunedin to build the Hiberian Hotel in 1864 and run this until 1876 when he took over the European Hotel.

In 1869 he was elected to the Dunedin City Council and worked mainly for the Council for the rest of his life. He served as a member of the Works and Reserves Committee and was chairman of the Gas Committee before being elected Mayor in 1890. The satirical columnist ‘Civic’ wrote, ‘What with his inspiring presence, a stately walk, and that inherent taste for dignity which marks every Irishman in office… somehow Mr Carroll looked a mayor. And as he seldom lapsed into a public speech, a capital mayor he made.’

A grandson, Redmond Moreau Carroll(1915-1995) opened Carroll’s Furnishings in Princess Street, running it for almost thirty years before it was sold. In later years he contributed memories to a study of Carroll Street, where he had grown up.

From Southern People: T J Carroll (abridged)

John Carroll

There are 6 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
CARROLL DOROTHY Unknown 01-Dec-1908 01-Dec-1908
CARROLL ELLEN 67 Years 02-Mar-1910 04-Mar-1910
CARROLL JOHN 64 Years 11-Nov-1903 13-Nov-1903
CARROLL JOHN 84 Years 17-May-1954 19-May-1954
CARROLL JOHN WILLIAM Unknown 26-Nov-1909 28-Nov-1909
CARROLL LILY ISOBEL 84 Years 28-Feb-1968 29-Feb-1968