Thomas William Carr: a Te Aroha storekeeper and speculator
Hart, P. (2016). Thomas William Carr: a Te Aroha storekeeper and speculator. (Te Aroha Mining District Working papers, No. 134). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Historical Research Unit.
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Thomas William Carr arrived in New Zealand in January 1881 accompanied by his large family and, reportedly, with extensive business experience and a large amount of capital. After first settling at Gisborne he moved to Te Aroha in mid-1882, acquiring land in the township and nearby and establishing stores at Te Aroha, Waiorongomai, Quartzville, and Shaftesbury. He was involved in a variety of commercial activities, and invested in local mining. He was also prominent in the community in general, including in the Anglican Church. In early 1883, it all fell apart. After being adjudged bankrupt, he was shown to have been careless and indeed reckless in running his businesses; and instead of having large amounts of capital at his disposal, he had started with no capital at all, prompting suggestions of fraudulent dealings. After others acquired his properties and businesses, he fled New Zealand to try his luck in Australia, where he was much more successful. Others involved with him also went bankrupt, for his bankruptcy was by no means unusual.
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