Daltons in New Zealand Newspapers 1862 - 1922


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Otago Witness, Issue 633, 15 February 1862

At Princes-street, Dunedin, on the 13th instant, Mr. John Dalton. The Funeral will take place to-day at 4 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

Evening Post , Issue 82, 15 May 1865

TAMWORTH, April 28th.

Constables Dalton, Lynch and Morris, started last Thursday in pursuit of the four bushrangers. After riding 250 miles they came in contact with them at the Mile Inn, about thirty miles from Wee Waa, About forty shots were exchanged. Constable Dalton shoot the bushranger John Thompson dead. The others escaped, but the police are in pursuit of them. The gang is supposed to be that known as Captain Thunderbolt's.

Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXII, Issue 2870, 6 October 1866

To the Editor of the Daily Southern Cross.
Sir, - Had you availed yourself of our offer, there would have been no occasion for the long foot-note in this day's paper to our letter.
Sir, we do want he public to believe that there is only one unerring system of railroad construction, whether here or at home, and that it I quite capable of demonstration. Any one "endured with ordinary intelligence, and having the slightest engineering knowledge" must know that there are certain defined rules that practice and experience have rendered arbitrary, which are totally ignored in the Auckland and Drury Railway.
As you promise to return to the subject again, will you pardon us advising you to improve your engineering knowledge before producing your second article? It will be hazardous to work the Auckland and Drury line, which the present radii of curved, at greater speed than ten miles an hour, let the super-elevation of the exterior rail be what it may; and if attempted some terrible catastrophe will inevitably occur. We are, Dalton, Brothers.

Queen-street, October 5, 1866.

We don't object to Dalton Brothers, advertising themselves in a cheap way, but we really must decline, in the future, inserting letters which, written with no other apparent object are as devoid of common courtesy as they are wanting proof that the authors are entitled to call themselves civil engineers. Ed. D. S. C.

Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXV, Issue 3785, 6 October 1869

On October 2, at Scaley-street, Shortland, Ernest Reginald Edward, the above child of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Dalton. Aged 2 years and 3 months.

Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVI, Issue 4129, 7 November 1870

On November 6, at St. Patrick's Cathedral, by the Rev. Father O'Hara, Mr. Michael Walsh, of, Waipipi, to Catherine Dalton of Auckland.

Marlborough Express, Volume X, Issue 767, 1 December 1875

The new schooner Kaikoura, 30 tons, built and launched in Auckland for Captain Davidson, of the Kaikoura, left Auckland on Saturday direct for the owner's place. Captain Dalton, at present master of the regular trader Ruby, will take command on her arrival here; and Captain J. Anderson, who is bringing the Kaikoura down, will take Captain Calton's place.

Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume VII, Issue 642, 19 October 1878

Dalton. On the 17th instant. at the residence of Mr. Tadhunter, Devonport Road, Edward Dalton, of the Telegraph Department of this town, and of Reefton, West Coast, aged 21, R.I.P.

Inangahua Times, Issue 7, 21 October 1878

Dalton. On the 17th October, 1878 at Taurange, of inflammation of the brain, Edward, the only child of Michael and Jane Dalton, of Reefton, ages 21 years.

New Zealand Tablet, Volume X, Issue 520, 23 March 1883

Dalton. Of your charity pray for the soul of John Dalton, late of the Postal Department in Dunedin, eldest son of Maurice and Catherine Dalton, formerly of Bansha, County Tipperary, Ireland, who died at Dunedin on March 13, after three month's illness. Deeply regretted. - R. I. P.

Bay Of Plenty Times, 14 April 1890

"Mr. J. H. Dalton, the well-known Tailor of Queen-street, Auckland, has been very successful at the Dunedin Exhibition, taking the following Awards: First Award for High-Class Tailoring, First Award for Lady's Riding Habit, First and Special Award for superior Style and Finish, First Award for Artistic Cutting. In fact he has taken all the First Awards given for High-Class Tailoring, at the Exhibition. Mr. Dalton's reputation for High-Class Work at a price within reach of all, has long been established in the North Island, and his success at the Exhibition, above referred to, shows that he can more than hold his own in open competition with all comers."

Bay Of Plenty Times, Oct. 26, 1890

Further evidence was heard after The Post went to press yesterday before Mr. W. G. Riddell, S. M., at the Mugistrate's Court in the case in which Thomas Dalton was charged with illegally betting on Trentham Racecourse on the 28th October last.
Evidence was given by Constables Smith and McClellan as to bets made with defendant. Mr. W. Perry appeared for Dalton, but he did not call any evidence. Detective Sergeant Cassells said that he watched defendant for three-quarters of an hour in the afternoon. Out of fifteen persons that approached him, twelve handed over something and three received something from him. Later he took defendant into the public dinning room and on searching him it was found that he had two marked half-crown's with which Constable Smith had made the bets. Race course Detective Walden said that at Otaki prior to the 28th he warned Dalton off the course, because he suspected him of betting there.
Mr. Perry, in defense, said that there was no evidence should be discounted because of the large crowd on the course which would render it difficult to watch defendants. His Worship said that he was never the less satisfied that Dalton was book making on this day in question. He would be fined 25 with Court costs 6 16s 8d.

Timaru Herald, Volume LIII, Issue 5217, 17 August 1891

Smith and Harrison, who were arrested on suspicion of murdering John Dalton at Eketahuna, were brought to town to-night, and lodged in gaol to await the adjourned inquest.

Marlborough Express, Volume XXVIII, Issue 36, 12 February 1892

WELLINGTON, February 10.
The man John Dalton, reported as having been murdered at Eketahuna, is believed to be a resident of either the Upper or Lower Hutt.
He was found at 8 o'clock this morning with his throat cut, and another wound on the left side of the body. He was then alive, and a constable stitched up the wound, but deceased succumbed two hours.
Inspector Thomson has wired to Detective Herbert at Pahiatua to proceed to investigate the case, which is surrounded with suspicious circumstances, and leaves himself for the district to-morrow,

Later. Masterton, February 12.

The man Dalton found murdered at Eketahuna, was a grass seeder at Mangaone Valley. He came in yesterday with his mates, and was drinking. A quarrel took place about midnight, and Dalton was found about 8 o'clock with a wound several inches in length in the throat, and a stab in the back. The murderers have left the district. There will be a inquest to-night

Star, Issue 7207, 16 February 1892

NAPIER, This Day.
Mr. True Dalton, an old resident of Napier, dropped dead whilst waling on the Marine Parade this morning. He was somewhat frail, but otherwise enjoyed good health.

Marlborough Express, Volume XXXI, Issue 144, 12 June 1892

Mr. J. H. Dalton of Koromiko, had a narrow escape of being burned out yesterday morning. At about 10 o'clock the alarm was given that the kitchen was full of smoke, and it was discovered that the fire had lodged in front of the chimney and had caught the lining boards above the mantel piece, There were only Mr. and Mrs. Dalton and the maid to contend with the flames, but fortunately there was a full supply of water in the hot tanks close at hand and the danger was soon averted. The lining boards were chopped away-luckily the axe was sharp-and so access was obtained to the seat of danger and the building was saved. All the inside of the wood was badly burned and charred, showing how narrow was the escape.
Mr. Dalton has to thank Mr. H. T. Hawker for obtaining him the valuable assistance of Messer's Greig and G. Gledhill. It is thought that the origin of the fire was a faulty chimney, which it is supposed earthquakes had moved out from the main building. The chimney was boxed to the house, and so its condition had escaped notice.

Bay Of Plenty Times, 22 July 1892

Auckland, Friday.
Shortly before midnight a fire broke out in the premises of J. H. Dalton, tailor, Queen St, but as it was speedily suppressed and the greater part of the stock removed the damage is not serous.

Star, Issue 7416, 10 November 1892

NAPIER, Nov. 10.
A young man, named W. M. E. Dalton, who was managing the local branch of the Auckland tailoring firm of J. H. Dalton and Co., was found dead in his shop this morning, and the surrounding circumstances point to suicide. Dalton was an amateur bookmaker, and it is presumed he was struck over the New Zealand Cup. A bottle of prussic acid was found in his pocket. An inquest will be held.

Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XIX, Issue 6520, 11 November 1892

NAPIER, to-day.
At the inquest on the body of Dalton, a verdict of suicide while temporarily insane was returned. Deceased left a letter attributing his suicide to failure in gambling transactions, and trusting his death would be a warning to young men not to gamble.

Star, Issue 4677, 22 June 1893

AUCKLAND, June 21.
The first meeting of creditors in the estate William James Dalton, of Auckland, a bankrupt, was to have been held today at the office of the Official Assigner in ankruptcy, but no creditors were present. The bankruptcy in question is a peculiar case, as by a recent decision in the REsident Magistrate's Court, Dalton who is the Secretary to the South Pacific Trading Company, is made liable for the whole of the promissory notes now afloat in Auckland in the Company's name to over 1800. Dalton has no debts whatever beyond those which he has, according to the decision of the Resident Magistrate incurred by appending his signature to the promissory notes of the Company in his official capacity as Secretary. It is stated that there is a possibility of the matter in connection being brought before the Supreme Court.

Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXVII, Issue 257, 31 October 1893

Auckland, This Day.
Messrs J. H. Dalton and Francis Stephens were each fined a small amount for breaches of the Factories

Colonist, Volume XXXI, Issue 8433, 17 December 1895

While on the voyage from Nelson, a fireman of the SS Graiton, named Joseph Dalton, slipped and fell heavily on the deck, breaking several ribs. He was brought ashore for medical treatment.

Colonist, Volume XXXI, Issue 8482, 14 February 1896

Dalton. February 11, 1896, at the Wairau Hospital, William Dalton, of Pelorus Valley, aged 73 years.

Evening Post, Volume LII, Issue 112, 2 October 1896

A very serious accident occurred in the Government Building about noon to-day to a boy named Edward Dalton, son of Mr. Dalton, pork butcher, Molesworth-street. The little fellow is employed as a messenger in the Government Printing Office, and had been sent on a message to the top floor of the buildings. In returning, he started to slide down one of the banisters, When he had reached the second floor he lost hi balance, and turning a somersault, he fell to the bottom floor, a distance of about 30ft, sustaining terrible injuries. His nose and left wrist were smashed, a hole was made above one of the eyebrows, and he also received some internal injuries. He was picked up by some of the officials, and after receiving some attention from Mr. Williams (a medical student, who is the Tax Department) and Dr. Cahill, he was taken to the hospital. He had fallen on a pile of lithograph stones piled up at the staircase well, he would probably been klled on the stop.
As we went to press we learned from the Hospital that the boy is suffering from concussion of the brain, and is in a very dangerous condition.

Colonist, Volume XL, Issue 8890, 12 June 1897


John Dalton, who had served several previous sentences, was convicted on two separate charges of robbery and false pretences, and remanded till Monday.

Star, Issue 6104, 15 February 1898

AUCKLAND, Feb. 15.
A fire in Queen Street gutted the contents of Judd's drapery warehouse, and the stock in Dalton's tailor's shop was damaged by smoke and water to the extent of between 450 and 500. Insurances - Judd's building, 200 in the South British; Judd's stock, 1240 in the Royal, 200 in the Commercial Union, and 750 in the New Zealand office. Dalton's stock in insured for 1000, divided between the Victoria and Australian Alliance. Judd's stock is stated to be almost a total loss.

Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8817, 25 April 1900

Sir William MacCormac brought with him to Port Elizabeth tidings of Captain-Surgeon Dalton, of the Army Medical Corps, who was seriously wounded at the battle of Spion Kop. It appears that Captain Dalton was shot through the stomach. After he was wounded he lay for twelve hours on this back without moving, and he refused to accept the water which the Boers, with the best intentions, offered him. He also tried to dissuade the wounded who were lying alongside of him from drinking water which, as a medical man, he knew was injurious. After lying all this time where he fell, and thus giving the wound time to close somewhat, he crawled a distance of about a mile to a Kaffir kraal, where the British ambulance eventually found him. Of all the wounded who were brought in from that part, Captain Dalton was the only one to survive, and his success is attributed, first to his having eating nothing for ten hours before the fight, in consequence of which the intestines were empty; secondly, in having the courage and present of mind to lie on his back without moving for twelve hours; thirdly, to having abstained from drinking while thus circumstanced. No doubt also a splendid constitution helped to pull him through. Captain Dalton was wounded while attending to the wounded well within the zone of fire. indeed there is little doubt that the cleanliness of the wound he received at close quarters also tended to assist his recovery.

Manawatu Herald, 29 September 1900

The Dalton Trio of all round vaudevilles who are about to appear in this town at an early date, come with a reputation of being the greatest trio of fun makers at present touring the colonies. Their repetoire includes impersonations, ventriloquism, dancing, tumbling, slack-wire feats, and selections on thirty different instruments.

Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume VX, Issue 7141, 5 March 1901

Dalton. At New Plymouth Hospital, on Sunday, March 3rd, 1901, Caroline Mary, wife of John Dalton, late of Main South Road, Manaia; aged 49 years.

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIX, Issue 30, 25 July 1901

Dalton. - Recently at Dublin, James Augustine Dalton, of the late literary staff of the Daily Express, third son of the late Mrs. James Dalton, lace manufacturer, Limerick, and brother of Mrs. J. Roche, Blue Spur. Deeply regretted at Home and in the colonies. -R.I.P.

Tuapeka Times, Volume XXXVI, Issue 5070, 10 June 1903

Dalton - On 9th June, 1903 at Tuapeka Hospital, Daniel Clark Dalton; aged 74 years. At rest.

Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXI, Issue 10134, 22 August 1904

AUCKLAND, this day.

At Tauranga, a young man named Joseph Dalton, son of Mr. J. E. Dalton, Native interpreter, was killed about 8.30 this morning while assisting to remove the district school to a new site.

An Auckland contractor, Mr. Grayson, was moving the Tauranga District School and had portion of the building on screw-jacks, when a squall struck it and caused the jacks and temporary supprt to be thrown over. The deceased was working under the building, and made an effort to escape, but his head caught in between the floor-plate and baulk timber supporting the jacks, and he was crushed to pulp. Another man had a narrow escape.

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXII, Issue 39, 29 September 1904

-On the 20th September, at his residence. Blue Spur, after a long and painful illness, John, the beloved husband of Mary Josephine Roche, and son-in-law of the late Mrs. James Dalton, lace-manufacturer, Limerick, Ireland. R.I.P.

Tuapeka Times, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 5230, 14 January 1905

Dalton. At her residence, Island Block, on Thursday, 12th January, 1905, Margaret relict of the late James Dalton; aged 93 years.

Feilding Star, Volume I, Issue 15, 18 July 1906

Lynch-Dalton. On July 18th, 1906, at St. Bridget's Church, Feilding, by the Rev. Father O'Meara, Daidel Joseph, eldest son of John Lysel, Esq., of Tokomaru, to Mary, only daughter of John Dalton, Esq., of Rongotea

Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LVI, 19 August 1909

Sent to Gaol.

In the Supreme Court to-day, Patrick Arthur and James Dalton pleaded not guilty to conspiracy with one "Snowy" Simcock to defend Henry Uru. The men had played the three-card trick, Uru losing $18, including $7, which Dalton subsequently presented at the bank. A warrant had been issued for the arrest of Sincock, but he disappeared. After hearing the evidence at length, the jury found both guilty. The Judge, considering they had been three months in gaol already, ordered Arthur to stand down, but sent Dalton to gaol for nine months.

Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 95, 24 April 1911

Murder with Branding Iron.
A shocking murder was committed at Surrey Hills, Sydney, on 14th Aril, when an old man named Maurice Dalton battered his wife to death with a branding iron. The man was seventy-two years of age, and his wife was about twenty years his junior. They have been living for some time past in a house situated at No, 2 Foveaux-street, Surry Hills. Though old Dalton was still vigorous, but was too lazy to do any work, and for many years he lived upon his wife's exertions. She took in lodgers, and also did a good deal of needlework. In spite of all the favors which he received at her hands he was anything but grateful, and according to the statement of the lodgers and neighbors there were continual bickering between the pair. In the morning Mrs. Arthur, one of the lodgers, heard Dalton and his wife quarrelling, but as it seemed to be only a wordy warfare, she did not interfere. Shortly after, Dalton left the house, and about dinner time Mrs. Arthur went into Mrs. Dalton's room. She was not there, but on opening the kitchen door Mrs. Arthur saw the woman lying on the floor in a pool of blood. She alarmed the neighbors and the police were immediately communicated with. On their arrival they made a through examination of the place. The woman was quite dead. Her skull had been broken in several places, and her face beaten out of recognition. In the back yard an old cattle brand was found with blood adhering to it, and it is supposed that this was the weapon with which the murder was committed.

The body was removed to the morgue, and the police went in search of Dalton, who, it was believed, would attempted suicide. There seems to be no doubt the murder resulted from a quarrel on the subject of the husband's idleness. Two days ago Mrs. Dalton definitely stated that she would not support her husband any longer, and gave orders to the grocer with whom she dealt in the neighborhood that no provisions were to given to Dalton unless he paid for them.

Dalton has at all times been eccentric in his conduct, but had never threatened his wife with violence. He was arrested the following morning.

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXII, Issue 39, 29 September 1911

LONDON, April 20.
The man murdered at Dublin has been identified as Detective Dalton, who fell after returning several rounds of fire from his assailants.

Twenty-six Sinn Feiners, including two members of the House of Commons, who were in Londonderry gaol, having been removed to Wormwood Scrubbs prison under a strong military escort.

Detective Dalton was fatally shot at midday in the Dublin street. The case resembles that of Constable Kells. Nobody apparently witnessed the murder. He believed that six persons were concerned. Four persons were seen hastening from the scene. Dalton died in the hospital after the increment administered in the street.

Grey River Argus, 13 November 1912


Alexander Boyd and Thomas Dalton appeared before Mr. W. G. Riddell, S. M.., at the Magistrate's Court this afternoon, charged with betting on Trentham racecourse on 28th October. Constable Smith said in evidence tat he had approached Dalton on the course and said. "Give me half a dollar on Lady Volga."

Defendant said, "Keep dark the "D" has his glasses on us from the roof." He then held his hand down by his side, and told the witness to drop the half-crown in it.

This witness did and later he gave he gave him a further half-crown, saying he could book the bet to "G. S." Dalton was fined 25 with costs 6 16s. The hearing of the charge against Boyd was adjourned till next morning.

Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 71, 25 March 1915

ORANGE, Feb. 22.
A fatal burning accident happened yesterday morning, Miss Mary Dalton, 26, well known in society circles, and a daughter of the late Mr. M. J. Dalton, had been to a farewell social, and on returning home, it is surmised, she was reading in bed, and having asleep, her nightdress caught alight from the candle she was using on the bed. She was dreadfully burnt about the body, and subsequently succumbed to the injuries.

The fatality caused quite a sensation among her numerous friends. The remains were interred in the Roman Catholic cemetery this afternoon. The funeral was one of the largest yet seen in the district. The Children of Mary and over 100 employees of Dalton Bros., Ltd., headed the procession.

Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 71, 25 March 1915

AUCKLAND, this day.
David Dalton, aged seventy-eight, a farmer at Pukekohe for fifty years, was found dead in a ditch on the roadside. It is supposed he fell in the night and was unable to get out owning to blackberry bushes.

Evening Post, Volume XC, Issue 71, 22 September 1915

On the 15th September, 1915, at All Saints Church, Palmerston North, by Rev. H. G. lackburn, William R. Dalton, eldest so of Mr. and Mrs. W. Dalton, Bourke-street, to Mary Edith, youngest daughter of Mrs. J. Rolfe, Cambell-street, Palmerston North.

Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 14446, 5 November 1917

AUCKLAND, this day.
At the Police Court, Hannah Matilda Dalton, who keeps a nursing home at Auckland, was charged with having preformed an illegal operation. Counsel for the accused stated that the young woman concerned died this morning, and the charged would have to be amended. He asked for a remand. Percy Norman Henry was charged with aiding Hannah Dalton in the unlawful use of an instrument. Both cases were adjourned till Friday.

Ashburton Guardian, Volume XLI, Issue 9510, 9 May 1921

Bond Theft in Chicago.
William Dalton, the 17-year-old clerk who walked out of a Chicago bank where he was employed with 150,00 worth of negotiable securities, was arrested at Heyworth, a small town 30 miles from Chicago. He told the detective who captured him that he decided to rob the bank after reading how a young bank clerk, tried for theft, was discharged on the grounds the bank was responsible for his crime because they paid him a wretchedly low salary, thus subjecting him to undue temptation. Dalton was recognized from a newspaper picture by a man whom he was playing billiards. The man opened Dalton's satchel and bundles of bonds dropped out. "Dalton didn't turn a hair" the man told the police. "He just put the cue back in the rack and asked, "Well what's next?"

NZ Truth, Issue 847, 18 February 1922

Frances Annie Dalton
Mr. Jackson alleged that William Dalton had both deserted her and committed adultery. They promised to love, honor and obey at Wanganui in March 1915. In July, 1918, petitioner said Bill went to Napier to get next to some work, leaving his better half in Wellington. He started to send a divvy pretty regularly at first, but since November, 1918, she had received only twenty-five humble shillings from him. A maintenance order in 1920 likewise failed to impress him with the necessity of coughing up, and when she threatened to summon him, he persuaded her to withdraw the proceedings. Incidentally Bill also intimated that he had been living with a lady, Jean Hutton, in Auckland, and that the lady was about to become a mommer. An anonymous letter later broke the news that the little brighter had duly arrived in this world in sin.


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