The Dolphin Family

Joseph Dolphin was born 11 May 1883 and was baptised at the Holy Name, Manchester. His mother, Harriet Ann had died when he was very young in 1889. His father also called Joseph died in 1908.

He lived with his siblings,  John, Mary Ann, Catherine & Robert,  at 3 Oak Road, The Cliff, Lower Broughton. They seem to have been active at St Peter's Greengate where his elder brother John was in the SVP. Joseph became Chief Clerk in the Insurance Industry

In 1911 Joseph married Mary Monica Dobson. Known as Monica, she was born in Ordsall and baptised at St Joseph's. After Joseph and Monica married they lived at 6 Beech Avenue, very near St Luke's church and even closer to Moorfield Drive where Fr Singleton was to have his first presbytery 11 years later.
Joseph's eldest brother John was  Born 8 April 1880 and baptised 26 April at the Holy Name. With the death of his father, he became head of the family. Before the war he worked as a cashier. In World War I he joined 160th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner. John Rodwell Dolphin was killed in action on 2 September 1918 just 2 months before the end of the war. He is buried at Common Wealth Graves, Assevillers New British Cemetery. He is commemorated in the Salford Cathedral memorial chapel along with other SVP members who gave their lives. His sister, Catherine inherited his effects of £233 10s.
15 April 1937, Bishop Henshaw approved the appointment of Foundation Managers for the new school
  • Rev Thomas J O'Shaughnessy
  • Mr William Merrick
  • Mr Arthur J Carroll
  • Mr Joseph Dolphin 

Joseph Dolphin continued as a school manager until his death in September 1963 and had been the longest serving in that role.

In 1969 Monica Dolphin donated the St Luke's window in the new church and one of the new statues added at the time. Mrs Mary Monica Dolphin died on 6th February 1972. She left her entire estate to the parish. The Dolphin's had no children and neither did any of the siblings who had remained single.  In the following October, this legacy enabled to Fr Brown to pay £9000 off the church debt.


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