Laurence O'Toole

Male Abt 1800 - 1871  (~ 71 years)

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  • Name Laurence O'Toole 
    Nickname Larry 
    Born Abt 1800  County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Beehive Inn
      Collins & Terralong Streets, Kiama, 1858-1868. Lawrence O'Toole, Thomas Evans
      (Hotels of Illawarra & Shoalhaven 1828 - 1999)

      The landmark by which Captain Larry O'Toole set his course when in 1839 he brought the first trading vessel, the "Bee", from Sydney to Kiama, with a small cargo of provisions. He afterwards conducted the "Beehive Inn" at the corner of Terralong and Collins Streets, where Hindmarsh's Garage now stands.
      It was also under this historic old tree that the first religous service was held in Kiama, and the united service will he held there to-morrow (Sunday).
      On the left is seen Scots Church, as erected in 1862, the spire being added at a later date.
      The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser, NSW., Saturday 12 February 1938

      Historic Moreton Bay Fig In Kiama

      This week, The Past Present is turning attention to the area South of Sydney, an area which many people visit for day trips or holidays. Kiama is just one of the many beautiful seaside towns on the South Coast, but it is also one with a fascinating history, and some stunning trees. The tree in the image above, taken from a postcard dated circa 1910, is just one example of the extraordinarily beautiful Moreton Bay Figs which are so iconic in the Kiama and wider Woolongong area.

      Moreton Bay fig trees are, just like Norfolk Pines, iconic and well recognised trees in the Kiama area. Yet the figs are not just beautiful, one of them actually played a remarkable role in the history of the area. The location of the fig tree in the image is unidentified, yet the most historic fig tree in Kiama, and possibly the one pictured, was located on Black Beach. The Black Beach fig tree was huge, and in the early years of settlement in Kiama the shady area under its branches became a meeting place for the settlers, and for visitors to the area. It was here that people waited for ships, and also here where goods brought to the area by ship were unloaded. It was under the spreading branches of this fig tree that the earliest Church services in Kiama were held. The giant fig tree was even used by Laurence O?Toole as a way to set course when he sailed the first trading vessel, The Bee, to Kiama in 1838!

      The tree was so significant that the first Council Chambers in Kiama were built right next to the fig which had served as such a vital meeting place. The original fig was destroyed by storms in 1964 but so significant was it to the history of the area that another Moreton Bay Fig was planted in it?s place.
      (Historic Moreton Bay Fig In Kiama)

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      At Annandale on Saturday last at 3 a.m., there passed away in his 79th year, one known to the present generation as a a kindly old soul who was greeted by all he met, in Mr. Jas. O'Toole Mr. and Mrs. O'Toole had not, long left Kiama their home of a lifetime.
      Serious illness in a paralytic stroke had been experienced before their departure and Mr. O'Toole never regained the
      strength that was his previously, and liko a tree torn up by the roots from old assosiations he faded away, without any apparent illness, and dLied as stated, after but a day in bed. His body was bought to Kiiama for interment on Saturday evening, and the funeral left the Catlholic Church on Sunday afternoon at 2. 30, with a large number in attendance. The Rev. M. Malone officated at the graveside.

      The late Mr. O'Toolee leaves besides his widow to mourn him, three daughters Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Minter who reside in Sydney, and Mrs, Quinn of Kiama, and three sons in Messrs. Fred, James and Bert, also residents of Sydney, and from his family in his declining years, he received devotion and affectionate cute. Rhe death of their youngest daughter, Miss Leilia O'Toole, just as she was entering wowonhood at 18 years, was a great blow to her parents, and through it neither recovered their previous health.

      Theo .jltuiet eveutido of a oug I!fe,
      gave li ttle outward showingd of muchl
      of adventure anad int.erest 'ii etrly tlayi'
      rut a chat about the "old days" when
      le was in a renuitiscont tmoodt, was al
      ways onjoyod. 'The cull, of tile old
      pilaceo tugged at his lheart string andi
      heo cluno down to Lhe Show, a giati
      dolighlt to haiun?i the nmectihlg w.itth
      ol.dl frionds anLd acqu:h'itances, aid
      the ].st outing hle hIad. Fromn titoe len
      of onec withl a knowlodgo alnd intercst
      ill the days gone by,); poss.ssedl by
      few, if aut, sllnl to whomii theb
      olll days al'b known iand dea,,
      we havo recoeived tbho fohiowiing sk'itCh
      of tale eartlior tinies, in wll?tol the itte
      MI.', O'Toolo took a moro active part
      in d:i.sti'ct afnlio's:

      "The late Mr, James O'Toole was born in James O'Toole was
      born in Wooloongong in 1810 and would be at the time of his death in his 79th year.

      His father,the late Mr. Laurence O'Toole, was a very old identity. He was offcer on board thu "Sea Spray," a ship trading between London and ports. He came to Sydney and joined the steamer William IV, generally termed on this Coast "The Billy." Lator on he owned "'The Bee" and traded between Sydney, Wollongong and Kiama. He lived in a cottage where the Drill Hall now stands, and erected a shed on the sea shore oppisire the police barracks. Larry, as he was usually styled, was a native of the county, of Cork, Ireland and was a burly well mafe man-who fought and won his way, despite oppiosition, that existed here than. Many stories could be told of Larry's prowess. He went in for hotel keeping-- just where in an hotol that stood just where the
      railwy tunnel goes under,on the way to the present cemetery. It was called the, "Strsmpacker Hotel"
      but after Governor Fittzroy had stayed in it the proprietor, William Cuard, changed the name to "The Fitzroy"

      Larry did not stay in ir long until he erectes rhe "Bee Inn," cornier of Terralong and Collins street, where hes son Jimmie, the subjest of this sketch got into rouch wirh racing men and racehorses. He as a jockey rove and won some important races, always honest and trusted by such men of the old school as De Mastre, Adams and Farraher. Later, he took, like many others the gold fever, and went to Lambing Flat (Young), goldfields, and saw there the Chinese riots, and many other stirring events.

      He settled down at last, in Kiams, where he was knoen to the writer as a peace-loving man, always kindlt disposed, who gave no offence to none. He owned draught stud horses, but it was through his connection with Mr. John Farraher, and that great horse "Trump Card" that lie was widely known. He was rearcd in rough times, and went to school at Dells, the olid school house standing about the corner of Bong Bong and Eddy strets-there are few living todat who went ti thar old school.
      "Vale, James , O'Toole, Vale."

      The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser, NSW., 47) Wednesday, 12 February 1919

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      It is our sad duty to record the death of Mrs. Bridget Donnelly, wife of the late Mr.John Donnelly, which event took place in the Lewisham hospital on Wednesday, May 13. The cause of death was due to an internal complaint, for which an operation had been preformed the day previous
      to her death. She had been ailing for some considerable time, probably for years, and the end was expected, death's dark hand thus making sorrow and suffering no more. Mrs. Donnelly, who was a sister of Mr. James O'Toole of this town, leaves a family of eight children, with whom wide
      spread sympathy was shown.
      The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser, NSW., Saturdayn 31 May 1913

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      Name: Lawrence Toole
      Sex: Male
      Wife: Ann Bastkin
      Daughter: Elizabeth Toole

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      A death
      (New South Wales Death Index 1788-1985)

      OBITUARY- The remark has been frequently heard in our neighbourhood of late, that the old residents of the district are fast dissappearing. We have this week to record the deaths of two persons whose names have been well
      known in connection with Kaiunn and its vicinity for a long series of years. About one o'clock on the morning of Saturday last, 18th instant died Mr. Lawrence O'Toole, one of the very first persons connected with the settlement of this part of Illawarra. Mr, O'Toole had been affected with desease of the liver for a period of about four months: and for some months had been "given up" by his medical attendant
      Dr Tarrant.

      His funeral took place on the afternoon of the day on which he died. His remains were committed to the ground in the Roman Catholic burial ground, Jamberoo-the hearse being followed by a considerable number of the residents of the town and neighbourhood, though probably there would have been a much larger cortege, had not the interval of time between the death and burial bring so unusually short. The age of the deceased, it appears, is not accurately known, and is variously stated from 60 to 72.

      Mr.O'Toole was a native of the county Wexford, Ireland.
      He had been twice married ; and his surviving children are we understand twelve in number viz., six by each marriage

      The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertise, NSW., Thursday, 23 February 1871

      First Trading Ship.
      The late Mr Somerville was town clerk of Kiama for many years. He died In July last at the age of 93, but shortly before his death he began writing his reminiscences, which task was unfortunately not completed before the end came-Editor
      Pioneer farmers in these parts were heavily handicapped for lack of transport facilities. When the farm produce was ready for sale, It had to be taken to the nearest market, Wollongong, by bullock teams, and the journey occupied the whole day if the farmer tried to sell part of the produce by the way.
      Next morning he had to commence "hawking," a slow business with a bullock team, and when the wants of Wollongong's housewives had been supplied, what was left had to be shipped to Sydney on a steamer bearing the regal name
      of "William IV.," commonly called "the Old

      Provisions from Sydney had to be carried in two stages-first, in the "Old Billy" to Wolongong, thence by bullock drays or carts to Kiama. But this primitive method of transport was put an end to one day about ninety years ago, when an enterprising seaman, Mr. Laurence O'Toole, freighted a small cargo of provisions from Sydney to Kiama direct in
      a little sailing vessel named The Bee. When The Bee rounded Bass Point, Skipper O'Toole steered the little craft for a Moreton Bay figtree growing almost on the sea bench, and
      on the latter landed his cargo. Then and there began a trade which expanded until it became of the utmost importance to
      hundreds of early settlers, enabling them to carry on developmental work as nothing else could have done. While The Bee was engaged in the trade the landmark never failed the skipper, and the skipper never failed the shipper (unless wind and tide made failure inevitable), so that when the farmers, with their produce-laden drays, reached the
      beach, they found the little sailing vessel at anchor, walting to give out food-stuffs, etc., and to take in butter, potatoes, maize, etc. ButThe Bee was never allowed to take in a bag of wheat, because the wheat grown in the
      district was ground and eaten locally, there being two flour mills In the district, one in Kiama, the other a few miles out of town.
      The age of the fig-tree figuring herein puzzles everybody. The oldest inhabitant has not the remotest Idea on the subject. The writer of this article has been up and down
      the south coast, for a greater number of years than most men now living on It, and all he knows tor a certainty is that the tree was a full-grown one when he first saw it fourscore years ago. How many more score years it may live to mark
      the spot where Kiama's food supplies were first landed belongs to futurity, but anyone who reads the foregoing will find no difficulty in coming to the conclusion that the tree Itself is the oldest inhabitant.
      (Early Kiama, Trove)

    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Feb 1871  Kiama, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
      (New South Wales Death Index 1788-1985)

      Laurence O'Toole
      Birth 1800
      Death 17 Feb 1871 (aged 70?71)
      Jamberoo Catholic Cemetery
      Jamberoo, Kiama Municipality, New South Wales, Australia
      Memorial ID 187860936 View Source
      (Find A Grave Memorial)

      Annie O'Toole
      Birth 1820
      Death 16 Aug 1854 (aged 33?34)
      Jamberoo Catholic Cemetery
      Jamberoo, Kiama Municipality, New South Wales, Australia
      Memorial ID 187860935 View Source
      (Find A Grave Memorial)
    Person ID I16357  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2019 

    Family 1 Annie Bastkin,   b. Abt 1820,   d. 16 Aug 1854, Kiama, New Soth Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F5853  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary Fadden,   b. Abt 1831, Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1867, Kiama, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1855  Kiama, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      (New South Wales Marriage Index 1788-1965)
      Roman Catholic, Kiama

      Catholic,,New South Wales,Australia
    +1. Julia O'Toole,   b. 1861, Kiama, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec1953, 10 Meridian Street Mascot, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F5852  Group Sheet

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