Wiliam Henry Tole was born 27 Jun 1860, the third child of Richard John Tole and his wife Elizabeth Southcott (c.1829-1890). He was an astute businessman, first in a roving caravan around Devonport, and then at Tullah on the West Coast.
William married Ada Augusta Milbanke in Launceston on 11 Aug 1882. The couple had four children: Ada Marion, born 13 Sep 1883 and died 19 Nov 1883; Eileen Mildred, 10 Sep 1885; Eric Graeme, 13 Jan 1889; and Elvie Ada, 15 Feb 1891. Ada died aged 35 on 29 Apr 1894 and was buried in the Scotch Cemetery. Members of the Cornwall Lodge were requested to attend the funeral.
William then married Ada's sister Marion Noel Milbanke on 14 Aug 1895 at St Oswald's Anglican Church, Trevallyn. For many years he was secretary of the Australian Natives' Association at Tullah. He died in Launceston on 5 Mar 1949 aged 88 and was cremated at Carr Villa.