Victor Conyers Ebenezer Toller - known as Victor - was initiated into the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn at its Isis-Urania temple in
This is one of my short biographies.†
There may be more information on Victor Toller
out there, but it will be in local record offices for Liverpool,
My basic sources for any GD member are in a section at the end of the file.† Supplementary sources for this particular member are listed at the end of each section.
This is what I have found on VICTOR TOLLER
IN THE GD
Although he was only a member for a few weeks, Iím able to suggest that he was offered initiation through Dr George Rowell, who had become a GD member in February 1894.† The two men were friends.† Dr Rowell stayed in the GD for a little longer than Victor but then let his membership lapse.† The two men stayed in touch, though: when Victor died, George Rowell was one of his executors.
Source for the continuation of their friendship: probate registry 1915.† Thereís nothing relevant to Victor Toller in the GD archives that still exist, apart from the details on the Membership Roll.
ANY OTHER ESOTERIC INTERESTS?
Not that I can see.† Itís possible, I suppose, that he was interested in spiritualism but I havenít seen his name in any of the sources for spiritualism that Iíve looked at.
Sources checked: Theosophical Society Membership Registers 1889-1901.† Database and other records at the Freemasonsí Library.† Names of people who were interested in spiritualism are rather harder to come by: there were lots of spiritualist societies but they were very locally based and - for the most part - their records have been lost.† There was no over-arching organisation for spiritualists whose membership lists I could look at.
Victor Toller was the eldest child of Ebenezer
Toller and Mary Elizabeth Brown, who married in
Victor Toller was born in 1864.† He had four brothers: Seymour Graves Toller born 1866; Harold Dowling Toller born 1867; Neville Percy Toller born 1868; and Hubert Joseph Toller born 1871.
For the first few years of Victorís life, employees of the Asylum were
part of his parentsí household.† On
census day 1871, the household included two other doctors and the Asylumís
matron.† Itís not clear from the census
entry whether the nurse/governess, the cook and the two housemaids worked only
for the Tollers or had duties in the Asylum as
well.† By 1881 a separate house had been
built or rented for the Tollers, next door to the
Asylum itself.† On census day 1881
therefore, the household consisted of the Toller
family, their cook and their general servant.†
On census day Victor, Harold and Hubert were at home but
Ebenezer had retired by 1889.†
Sources: freebmd; census 1871, 1881.
The Toller boys went to different
Seymour Graves Toller was the star amongst the
Toller boys: from Malvern, he went to
Harold Toller died at Scarborough in 1890,
aged 22; and Hubert had died at
Iíve gone through the history of Victorís younger brothers here in order to make a couple of points about Victor: firstly, that he didnít enter his fatherís profession; and secondly, that by early 1902 he was the only brother of the five who was still alive.
At archive.epsomcollege.org: Old Epsom Biographies Between 1855 and 1889: a short paragraph on Neville which also mentions Victor.
The Malvern Register 1865-1904 originally compiled by L S Milward and E C Bullock.† 2nd edition from 1905, updated by R T C Cookson: p170-171 Seymour Graves Toller.
Times 20 September 1887 p10c exam results and prizes, ďSummer Session 1886": both Seymour Toller and Rowland Thurnam appear.† Toller was awarded the prize for the yearís best student.
Seymour Toller and GD member Rowland Thurnam both started their training at
At www.bmj.com 1902 volume 1 p564-65 issue of 1 March 1902 obituary of Seymour Graves Toller.
Medical Directory volume 1 1892 p326.
Medical Directory volume 1 1895 p342.
Medical Directory volume 1 1897 p371.
Medical Directory volume 1 1898 p376.
Medical Directory volume 1 1899 p380.
It looks from the various schools his parents tried, that Victor Toller was first scheduled to become a doctor like his
father; and then sent to prepare himself for a military career; before
finishing his schooling nearer home, perhaps with no clear end in view.† He was working for the Post Office by 1885,
and it would have been a typical working pattern for him to have remained an GPO employee until his death.† In September 1885 he was in
Sources for Victorís employer:
Seen at Ancestry, in the Postal Appointment Books
1737-1969; from microfilm at the
Victor Toller married Martha Fauriel Dickson, in Wandsworth,
in 1896.†† Martha Fauriel
was born in 1878, a daughter of James Dickson and his wife Fanny Amelia.† James Dickson was the Superintendent of
Covent Garden fruit and vegetable market.†
He died in 1885, aged 43.†† In
1889 Martha acquired a step-father when Fanny Amelia Dickson married Hamilton
Williams Price, who ran an import/export business specialising
in goods from the
On the day of the 1901 census, Victor and his wife - who is listed on
the census as Fauriel, not as Martha - were living at
On the day of the 1911 census, Victor and Martha Fauriel
were at separate addresses.† Victor was
living in a residential hotel on the corner of
Sources: census 1891-1911; probate registry 1907.
Victor Toller died in October 1915.† At that time he was living at 45 Clanricarde Gardens Bayswater and - as far as I know - was still working for the GPO.† He had made a Will, with three executors - his mother, GD member Dr George Rowell, and editor and academic Robert Hope Case.† By this time appointing your widow to be your executor was normal but Victor did not name Martha Fauriel as an executor of his Will; which adds fuel to my suspicion that the two of them were living apart.† She may have been its beneficiary of course - I havenít seen the Will myself.
Sources: probate registry 1915.
For George Rowell, anaesthetist at Guyís Hospital and elsewhere, see my biography.
I wasnít able to find out very much about Robert Hope Case but the British Library has some works by him; always as editor rather than author:
English Epithalamies London:
The Bodley Head Anthologies
And an edition of the works of Christopher Marlowe from after both George and Victor were dead.
DESCENDANTS?† AND WHAT (IF ANYTHING) HAPPENED NEXT.
When Ebenezer Toller retired, in the late
1880s, he, Mary Elizabeth, and their two youngest sons moved to
Mary Elizabeth lived on for nearly 20 years after the death of her last
surviving son.† There were no
grand-children.† She died in
Martha Fauriel Toller
went to live in Eire and died in
Sources: probate registry 1932, 1949.
BASIC SOURCES I USED for all Golden Dawn members.
Membership of the Golden Dawn: The Golden Dawn Companion by R A
For the history of the GD during the 1890s I usually use Ellic Howeís The Magicians of the Golden Dawn: A Documentary History of a Magical Order 1887-1923.† Published Routledge and Kegan Paul 1972.† Foreword by Gerald Yorke.† Howe is a historian of printing rather than of magic; he also makes no claims to be a magician himself, or even an occultist.† He has no axe to grind.
Family history: freebmd; ancestry.co.uk (census and probate); findmypast.co.uk; familysearch; Burkeís Peerage and Baronetage; Burkeís Landed Gentry; Armorial Families; thepeerage.com; and a wide variety of family trees on the web.
Famous-people sources: mostly about men, of course, but very useful even
for the female members of GD.†
Useful source for business and legal information: London Gazette and its Scottish counterpart Edinburgh Gazette.† Now easy to find (with the right search information) on the web.
Catalogues: British Library; Freemasonsí Library.
Wikipedia; Google; Google Books - my three best resources.† I also used other web pages, but with some caution, as - from the historianís point of view - they vary in quality a great deal.
Copyright SALLY DAVIS
24 July 2016
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