Frank Aroa

Frank Aroa (1874 - 1931)

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Frank Aroa
Born in Marlborough, New Zealandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 20 Apr 1898 in Awatere, Blenheim, New Zealandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Taranaki, New Zealandmap
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Frank Aroa was born on 28 January 1874, the fourth son of Robert Aroa and Ellen Soper

Birth announcement [1]
On Jan. 28, the wife of Mr Robert Aroa, of a son.

In 1896 and 1897 Frank was active around Blind River, where he and his brother were appointed as rangers.


Frank Aroa and Alice Annie Stockley were married on 20 April 1898 at the Church of the Epiphany, Awatere by Rev. E.N. Ensor. Alice was the fourth daughter of the late William George Stockley of New Plymouth. [2]

Wedding notice

The Marlborough Express summarised the wedding in its 23 April 1898 edition:[3]

Wedding Bells.

A pleasing ceremony took place on the 20th inst. at the Church of the Epiphany, Awatere, the occasion being the celebration of the wedding of Miss Alice Annie Stockley, fourth daughter of the late W. G. Stockley, of New Plymouth, to Mr Frank Aroa, fourth son of the late Robert Aroa, of Blind River. The bride looked very becoming in a lavender serge dress with trimmings to match. Miss Aroa attended the bride, and Mr J. Linton acted as best man. After the ceremony the party adjourned to the residence of Mrs Aroa Senr, where the guests were entertained and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was spent. The bride was the recipient of many useful and valuable presents.


Birth of his son Leonard [4] Aroa.—At the residence of Mrs Mallet, Warwick Street, on March 28th, the wife of Mr Frank Aroa, of a son. (Leonard Stockley Aroa)

Children born to Frank and Alice Annie Aroa [5]

  1. 1899/6382 Leonard Stockley (28/3/1899-7/4/1987) (On 7 April 1987 Leonard Stockley Aroa passed away. [6])
  2. 1901/17222 Arthur Frank (1901-1970)
  3. 1902/10300 Doris Ellen (m. 1926/4542 Doris Ellen Aroa George Henry Allan Wilson) (1902-1989)
  4. 1904/15743 Edgar William Robert (1904-1953)
  5. 1907/2773 Gladys Mary (m. 1933/3313 Gladys Mary Aroa Leslie Stephen Patrick Gargan) (16/1/1907-1991)
  6. 1912/10636 Alice Annie - same name as mother (1912-1966)

In 1904-1907 he was in North Taranaki, managing a grocery store and actively involved in the Uruti Athletic Club,where he served as secretary, as well as competing regularly.

In June 1907 he left the Uruti store that he had managed to be run by his brother Robert (Bob). [7]
Mr Frank Aroa, who has for some time managed Mr Rowe's store here, has left Uruti, and was accorded a most enthusiastic send-off in the form of a social in the hall. His brother, Mr Bob Aroa, succeeds him.

He immediately joined as a partner with brother Richard, the owner of Aroa's Cash Store in Brougham St, New Plymouth. It was renamed R. and F. Aroa, Grocers and Produce Dealers..

In May 1909 the partnership ended, with Richard taking over Brougham St, and Frank setting up his grocery shop in Oakuru, south of New Plymouth.

In December 1910 Frank had an accident with a methylated spirit lamp which exploded in his face, causing burns to his head, but worse injury was prevented thanks to the timely intervention of his wife. [8]


He died in Wanganui Hospital in November 1931 aged 57. [9]

Death Notice

A pioneer settler of the Mangawhero Road, Riverlea district, Mr, Frank Aroa, died at Wanganui on Wednesday after a long illness. He suffered a stroke some two years ago, and though he partly recovered and returned to his home, he subsequently returned to Wanganui for further treatment and gradually failed, till his death occurred. Mr. Aroa took up land on the Mangawhero Road many years ago and, with his sons, converted a rough bush section to a highly improved steading. He took an active interest in any move for the benefit of the district and was specially active in the Sports Club, of which he had been secretary as well as president. In his youth he was noted as a good runner.

His wife Alice Annie died in 1930 aged 59. [11]

Burial Record

Frank and Alice are buried at the Manaia Cemetery, Taranaki. [12]


  2. NZBDM marriages 20/4/1898 1898/1604 Alice Annie Stockley, Frank Aroa
  3. Marlborough Express 23 April 1898
  5. New Zealand Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Online search
  6. NZBDM deaths 7/4/1987 1987/39476 Aroa, Leonard Stockley, 28 March 1899
  7. URUTI., Taranaki Herald, Volume LIV, Issue 13490, 10 June 1907
  8. LOCAL AND GENERAL., Taranaki Daily News, Volume LIII, Issue 210, 14 December 1910
  9. NZBDM deaths 1931/12661 Aroa Frank 57Y
  10. PERSONAL, Stratford Evening Post, Volume I, Issue 287, 13 November 1931
  11. NZBDM deaths 1930/1177 Aroa Alice Annie 59Y
  12. Find A Grave: Memorial #177795791
    Frank Aroa
    BIRTH 1874
    Taranaki, New Zealand
    DEATH 11 Nov 1931 (aged 56–57)
    Taranaki, New Zealand
    Manaia Cemetery
    Manaia, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
    PLOT 1500, XIB
  • N.Z. BIRTHS - 1874/18478 - Aroa - Frank Aroa - parents : Ellen & Robert

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