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James Crosbie Dale (1855 - 1921)

James Crosbie Dale
Born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 29 Jun 1880 in St Stephens Church, Reeftonmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Westport, Buller, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Apr 2017 | Last significant change: 2 Apr 2021
06:15: Jean (Cox) Price edited the Biography for James Crosbie Dale (1855-1921). [Thank Jean for this]
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James (Dale) Dahl was born in 1855 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. His parents were Frederik Christian (Dahl) Dale and Jane (Murray) Dale.[1]

James married Annabella Ferris at St Stephen's Anglican Church, Reefton, on the 29 June 1880.[2] The witnesses were Margaret Barr and S Barr, Battery Manager, both from Boatmans.

Six children were born to them...

  1. Margaret Jane 1881/3809
  2. Annabella Stuart 1882/15552
  3. James Murray 1884/2509
  4. Frederick Fitzgerald 1889/9437
  5. Jane Isabel 1892/10980
  6. Daniel Suter Dale (1894-1963)

He died on the 21 September 1921. [3] The cause of death was Morbus Cordis (heart disease) and pulmonary oedema.

He was buried at Orowaiti Middle Cemetery on the 23 September 1921. His grave is in Block E, Row 70, Plot 69. [4]

An obituary was published...

(special To "The PRESS.")
GREYMOUTH, September 23
The death took place at Westport yesterday of Mr James Crosbie Dale, formerly Chief Clerk and latterly Chief Postmaster at Westport. He was a native of Ballarat (Victoria), where he was born 66 years ago. He spent the greater part of his 57 years residence in New Zealand in the service of the Post and Telegraph Department on the West Coast. He also served on the Westport Borough Council, school committee, and Buller Progress League, and was interested in the W.E.A. movement.
His familv are:—Miss Dale, M.A., Westport District High School; Miss Ruby Dale. B.A., teacher at the Martinborough State School: Mr Murray Dale, solicitor, and member of the Wellington City Council: Mr D. S. Dale, of the teaching staff of the secondary school at Westport; and Mr Ferris Dale[5]


  1. Find passenger list for the "Blue Jacket" - the Dales arrived from Victoria in 1862


  1. Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria, database, , 1 March 2021, birth registration 7423 / 1855 at Ballarat for James Dale, mother Jane Murray, father Frederick Dale
  2. New Zealand Births Deaths and Marriages,, accessed 2 April 2021, Marriage registration 1880/1516 for Annabella Ferris and James Crosbie Dale
  3. New Zealand Births Deaths and Marriages,, accessed 2 April 2021, Death registration 1921/4550 for James Crosbie Dale, age 66
  4. Buller District Council, Cemeteries,, Burial details for James Crosbie Dale
  5. Obituary,, Press, Volume LVII, Issue 17259, 24 September 1921, Page 12

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