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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Mr. Thomas Baird McConnel

Mr. Thomas Baird McConnel was appointed Bandmaster of the Taranaki Band in November, 1904. He was born in the year 1868, in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, where he was educated, came to New Zealand in 1880, and landed at Port Chalmers. He learned the trade of a painter and paperhanger, and was for some time employed by the Union Company. Mr. McConnel became a member of the Port Chalmers Band, of which his father was bandmaster; and in 1892, on his removal to Napier, Hawke's Bay, became bandmaster of the Napier Garrison Band, and held the position for about three years. He returned to Port Chalmers about 1898, and became bandmaster of the local band. In the year 1901, he went to Hawera, to take charge of the Municipal Band, and continued there until his removal to New Plymouth, in 1904. Mr. McConnel married a daughter of the late Mr. Jack Hare, of Dunedin, in 1889, and has one son and one daughter. He is further referred to as a painter and paperhanger.