Wednesday, August 23, 2017

M J Coyle, Point Chevalier, Auckland

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Mr M J Coyle, a prominent person has the park named after him. This fountain is a memorial to him.

I have lived and work in this suburban and walked past this fountain many times without paying much attention. Today, I decided to find out more .

This is what I googled when I came back.
Old Auckland
"Showing Mr M J Coyle (2nd from left) outside his coach building premises in New North Road, later 1911-14 he became Mt Albert's first mayor and 1907-11 he served as the last Road Board Chairman."
'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-A11268'
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 if you need info on M J Coyle, leader of the Brighton committee, here’s his obituary as published in the Evening Post, 25 March 1941:
The death has occurred at Auckland of Mr M J Coyle, who had a notable record of public service on many local bodies for a period of over 40 years. Mr Coyle was born at Mount Eden 76 years ago, and spent all his life in Auckland. After passing through the Grafton School he learned the trade of coachbuilding, and set up a business of his own in Eden Terrace. Mr Coyle became one of the best-known men in public life in Auckland. His first experience was gained as chairman of the Mount Albert Road Board for seven years, and when Mount Albert was constituted a borough he became its first Mayor, and was twice reelected to that office. To the Auckland Hospital Board Mr Coyle gave 23 years' service, including 4½ years as chairman during the war period. Mr Coyle was one of the first members of the Auckland Drainage Board, and was chairman of the Point Chevalier Road Board, when that district joined up with the city. He served on the Auckland City Council for 10 years, on the Metropolitan Fire Board for seven, and on the Transport Board for three.

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