from the book "A Quota of Qualtrough" Pages 14-22, Emigration to New Zealand

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CLOSER to home is Te Aroha, in the Waikato, the cradle valley of the next branch of Qualtroughs in New Zealand, the THOMAS MOORE (Tom) QUALTROUGHS and the RICHARD CECIL QUALTROUGHS

Thomas Moore (Tom) 


THOMAS MOORE QUALTROUGH, born Colby, Isle of Man. 
Tom came to Te Aroha, NZ in 1920 where he farmed at Elstow till his retirement to Te Aroha where he lives.

Tom was born at Ballakilpheric, north of Colby, IOM, in 1900, the son of Richard and Emily Anna (Moore) Qualtrough. The family appears to have shifted not long after to Ballacregeen, south of Colby

Both grandparents farmed property adjoining Ballacregeen, the Qualtroughs to the south-east on Strandhall and the Moores to the north-west on Claughvane, so the families saw much of each other.

Tom's memories of farming on Ballacregeen are that it was mainly grain-growing and cropping. In their last year (1913) they took on the town milk supply to Port St. Mary

A visit from a friend of the family's, a New Zealander, gave Tom the impetus to emigrate and his first job, acquired through a newspaper advertisement, was with the Horn family near Te Aroha.

Tom married Evelyn Henderson and they farmed at Elstow until retiring to Te Aroha itself in 1960.

Richard Cecil 


RICHARD CECIL QUALTROUGH, born in Colby, Isle of Man. 

Cecil came to Te Aroha, NZ in 1925 where he farmed 
till his death in 1959

In 1914 Richard Qualtrough took a five-year lease of the Friary farm at Ballabeg which he held until his death in 1918. When the lease was about to expire his widow, Emily Anna, was advised to sell up as a financial depression was being forecast to follow World War 1.

Tom's brother RICHARD CECIL, (known as Cecil), finding it difficult to obtain work on the Isle of Man during the Depression years, took Tom's recommendation to try New Zealand in 1925.

For some time he worked on the dairy farm of Mr. Bill Livingstone, Matamata, then after his marriage to Jessie Hight, of Waitoa, in 1935 he became a sharemilker for the Andrews Brothers of Elstow. In 1943 he leased a 52 hectare property at Elstow, next to his brother's, which he farmed until his death in 1959.

Both properties are now farmed by the respective sons and a further interesting point is that Tom's daughter, Mrs Dorothy Anderton of Hamilton, has been a treasurer of the New Zealand Manx Society.

Upon giving up the Friary farm, Emily Anna Qualtrough, mother of émigrés, Tom and Cecil, still back in the Isle of Man, ran a dress shop in Port St. Mary, which was taken over by an unmarried daughter, Emily, who retired from the business only a few years ago.

Another daughter, Anna, who lives at Colby, learnt the bakery business as a young girl and is still an excellent cook, making cakes by the dozens for church bazaars. 

See Genealogical Chart 9

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