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Private Thomas Ellingham (1825......1912)

Settled in New Zealand

Back to . . 58th Foot Rutlandshire Regiment
  • Born : 18 November 1825
  • Where Born : Wittlesea, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Occupation : Labourer / Soldier
  • Date Arrived : Sydney 25 November 1844.
  • Ship Arrived on : " Agincourt "
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 20 September 1843
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  • Transferred : 65th Regiment on 1 December 1849
  • Date of Discharge 31 January 1850
  • Where Discharged : New Zealand
  • Died : 2 July 1912
  • Where Died / Buried : Ashley Clinton and was buried on his farm at Whittlewood on 5 July
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  • Spouse's Name :Mary Anne McCarthy
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  • Died : 24 December 1935
  • Where Died / Buried : Mangahei, Dannevirke and was burried at Ashley Clinton on 26 December
  • Date Married : 11 December 1860
  • Where Married : Episcopalian Church, Te Aute
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  • Descendants :
    Information from John Robinson jrob@paradise.net.nz
    Area Settled :
    New Zealand
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    History & Achievements :

  • On 10 March 1845 embarked on either the HMS North Star or the Velocity, - arrived Auckland 24 March 1845. Discharged in New Zealand Thomas Ellingham with the 58 was initially in the Bay of Islands during the conflict with Hone Heke, then posted to Wellington where a garrison of 50 men built and manned a stockade at Boulcotts Farm. While there took part in the defence following an attack by Maori on 16 May 1846 (where he received a gun pellet in the side of his nose - leaving a tattoo mark which he carried for the rest of his life). He was later involved with the 58 in the building of the Rutland stockade at Wanganui. He transferred to the 65th Regiment on 1 December 1849 and took his discharge on part pay from the army on 31 January 1850
  • He is understood to have then had a small farm at Tawa Flat, then to have subsequently gone mining copper (possibly in the Nelson area), then lived in Australia for six years. He returned to New Zealand to live with his brother William who was the first proprietor of the Te Aute hotel in Hawkes Bay.
  • Thomas married Mary Anne McCarthy on 11 December 1860 at the Episcopalian Church, Te Aute
  • Initially they lived in a cottage adjoining the Te Aute hotel. He was road contracting for some time and subsequently moved to Otane. In 1875 they moved to Whittlewood at Ashley Clinton in Hawkes Bay where he continued road contracting and cartage while farming Discharged in New Zealand In the Return of Freeholders in New Zealand as at October 1882 (published 1884) it records Ellingham Thomas, Settler, 574 acres - Ruataniwha County - value 1,622 pounds Thomas and Mary Anne had 13 children.Thomas died 2 July 1912 at Ashley Clinton and was buried on his farm at Whittlewood on 5 July (BDM 1912/1753). Mary Anne died 24 December 1935 at Mangahei, Dannevirke and was burried at Ashley Clinton on 26 December (BDM 1935/3503)
  • E- mail address
    bmchapman@iprimus.com.au
    Copyright B & M Chapman (QLD) Australia
    Last revised: February 03, 2004.