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Richard Aroa (abt. 1869 - 1921)

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Richard Aroa
Born about in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealandmap
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Husband of — married 1893 in New Zealandmap
Died in Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealandmap
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In August 1869 Richard Aroa was born to Robert Aroa and Ellen Soper [1]


Richard moved to Taranaki from Awatere and had a farm in the Kaponga area. Richard farmed 316 acres in the Kaupokonui Block on the Manaia Road near Kaponga, Taranaki. The farm was sold in 1893 [1] and he leased 221 acres near Stratford. In 1902 Aroa Brothers Richard and Isaac announced the set-up of a business in Fitzroy, New Plymouth. [2] In August 1906 the partnership was dissolved, and the Fitroy business was taken over by Isaac Aroa. [3]

From 1906 to December 1909 he had the Brougham Grocery Store in Brougham Street, then in 1910 he moved to a shop in Devon Street, New Plymouth selling farm and dairy produce.

In 1918 he was the secretary for the Manaia Druids Lodge.


In 1893, Richard married Jane Clare [4]

His brother Isaac married Jane's sister, Emma Clare.


Richard and Jane had three daughters

  • Sarah Ellen Aroa (1893) - obviously this child was named for Richard's mother and grandmother.
  • Eveline May Aroa (1899 - 20 April 1968). Eveline/Evelyn didn't marry. Her ashes are interred in the Te Henui Cemetery in Taranaki. She was living in Auckland at the time of her death.
  • Unknown

Death Notice

Obituary - January 1921[5]
Mr. Richard Aroa, who was formerly in business at Fitzroy, Okato, and Manaia, and latterly has resided in Onehunga, died rather suddenly yesterday. He leaves a widow (a daughter of Mr. T. Clare, of New Plymouth) and three daughters, the eldest being married. He was born in Blenheim 51 years ago, but spent most of his time in Taranaki, where he was highly respected. He was a prominent member of the Methodist Church and a keen worker in the prohibition cause. General regret will be felt at his sudden demise.


Richard and Jane are buried at the Te Henui Cemetery in Taranaki. According to cemetery records Richard was living in Onehunga at the time of his death and was a storekeeper. Jane was a widow, lived at 43 Grey Street, Onehunga, at the time of her death. Richard Aroa cemetery record

AROA, Richard
Last Address: Onehunga (Storekeeper)
Age at Death: 57 Years
Date of Death: 17 Jan 1921
Category: Burial
Funeral Director: Not Available
Date of Burial: 31 Jan 1921
Cemetery: TE HENUI
Location in Cemetery: Anglican Row 33 - Lot 5 Plot 3


  1. NZBDM births 31/8/1869 1869/21550 Aroa, Richard, Ellen, Robert
  2. Page 1 Advertisements Column 4, Taranaki Herald, Volume L, Issue 12101, 20 October 1902 Aroa Bros. Fitzroy Sale. Commencing Saturday, Oct. 4th. With a first class stock of Groceries, Drapery, Ironmongery, Crockery ware, Glassware, Tobacco, Cigarettes, Pipes, &c. &c. All goods at lowest prices for cash. AROA BROS, having erected up-to-date premises are in a position to cater for the public needs in first class style. AROA BROS, beg to notify that the business will be under the management of Mr Richard Aroa. whose well known reputation throughout the district will be a sufficient guarantee to the public that their orders will be smartly and conscientiously attended to.
  3. Page 7 Advertisements Column 3, Taranaki Herald, Volume LIV, Issue 13254, 28 August 1906 DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP. NOTICE is Hereby Given that the partnership heretofore subsisting between the undersigned, carrying on business as general storekeepers at Fitzroy, near New Plymouth, under the style or firm of "Aroa Brothers," has been from the date hereof. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid respectively by Mr Isaac Aroa, who will continue to carry on the said business at Fitzroy in his own name. Dated at New Plymouth this 27th day of August, 1906. (S.) RICHARD AROA. (S.) ISAAC AROA. Witness, J. B. Roy, Solicitor, New Plymouth.
  4. NZBDM marriages 1893/3843 Jane Clare Richard Aroa
  5. PERSONAL ITEMS, Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLI, Issue XLI, 15 January 1921
  • N.Z. DEATHS - 1921/9048 - Aroa Richard aged 51 years
  • The Soper Family of Marlborough

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