Benjamin Toll Archive
Benjamin Toll was born in Bedfordshire, England, on 15 October 1849 and migrated to Queensland with his father in 1863. He worked as a miner and builder in Brisbane, Bowen, Townsville and Ravenswood. In 1877 he settled in Charters Towers, became a prominent builder, merchant and undertaker, served as Mayor of Charters Towers 1888-89, and Acting Mayor in 1912 and 1914. On 4 January 1922, Toll was adjudicated as insolvent on a petition from Burns Philp and Co, creditors.
Toll and his wife Annie (d. Toowoomba, 10 February 1916) had five children: the oldest, Lieut. Col. Frederick William Toll, who was serving in Egypt at the time of his mother’s death; Mrs S G Anderson; Mr B E Toll; Mrs A L Horsley; and Mr O H Toll. Benjamin Toll died at Charters Towers on 25 February 1925, aged seventy-six.
Archive Location: 19L
TOL/1/ The Editor, Northern Miner - June 19 1922
TOL/2/ Letter headed 'Phoenix Steam Joinery Works, Mary Street, Towers Bazaar, Gill Street' - May 25 1922
TOL/3/ Letter headed 'Phoenix Steam Joinery Works, Mary Street, Towers Bazaar, Gill Street' [incomplete] - 14 February 1922
TOL/4/ Letter headed 'Charters Towers' - 30 March 1922