The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Mr. Philip Dolbel
Mr. Philip Dolbel was born in Jersey, Channel Islands, in the year 1827, followed a seafaring life from an early age, and owned a vessel called the “Hearty,” trading on the English coast. He came to New Zealand from Melbourne in the year 1855, by the brig “Hokoporinga,” landed at Wellington, and for about twelve months was employed at bridge building, etc. Then he removed to Hawke's Bay, resided for a considerable time at Clive, and engaged in various pursuits in that district until 1869. He was more than once burnt out by the Maoris, and suffered great losses. About 1865 he purchased some 900 acres, part of his later estate at Springfield. To this property he added a large station at Petane, consisting of 24,000 acres. Mr. Dolbel was a member of the Provincial Council for over sixteen years, was also a member of the Hawke's Bay County Council, and the Napier Harbour Board. He died at Springfield, Taradale, on the 28th of October, 1901.
The Late Mr. P. Dolbel.