The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]
Carolan, James Frederick
Carolan, James Frederick, M. R. C. S. (Eng.), Physician and Surgeon, Matakohe. Dr. Carolan was born in Surrey in 1851 of Irish extraction, is the son of the late Mr. James Ward Carolan of H. M. Customs, London, and nephew of the late Capt. Fred. W. Wilson, R. N. He was educated at St. Mary's Hospital, London, and became duty qualified at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1872. After practising in London for many years he was for a time surgeon in the Ocean and British India steamship companies sailing to China, East Indies and Queensland. From the latter place Dr. Carolan proceeded to New Zealand and has practised in the Auckland province for the past nineteen years, during which period he has held the appointments of medical officer to the New Zealand Railway Provident Society, the A. O. F., I. O. O. F. Manchester Unity and I. O. Rechabites. In 1890 he succeeded Dr. Rowley at Bombay, removing from Warkworth, his new practice extending to Pukekohe, Papakura and Waiuku. He was gazetted surgeon-captain to the Waiuku Cavalry in December, 1890. Dr. Carolan removed to Kawakawa in 1895 and was appointed native medical officer and public vaccinator for the Bay of Islands district; likewise surgeon to the new Bay of Islands Coal Company. He is on the medical staff of the New Zealand Defence Force and also lecturer to the St. John Ambulance Association. Dr. Carolan is a past master of the Masonic order (E.C.) and P. C. T. I. O. G. T. In March, 1899, he removed to Matakohe, Kaipara, where his residence, “High Combe,” is conducted as a private hospital and Convalescent Home. Dr. Carolan is Medical Officer of Health for the county of Otamatea, and was elected surgeon-captain to the recently formed Otamatea Mounted Rifles, which have their headquarters at Paparoa. Possessing a fine tenor voice he has been much in requisition at all leading concerts and entertainments. Dr. Carolan is married to a daughter of Mr. S. H. Reid, J. P., of Papakura Valley, and niece of the late Rev. Alex. Reid, principal of Three Kings College, Auckland, and has four sons.