The Kings Candlesticks - Family Trees
William RHODES [31635]
Theodosia Maria HEATON [31636]
George RHODES [31615]
Elizabeth WOOD [31618]

Arthur Edgar Gravenor RHODES OBE [31639]


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1. Rosetta MOORHOUSE [31640]

Arthur Edgar Gravenor RHODES OBE [31639]

  • Born: 20 Mar 1859, Timaru N.Z.
  • Marriage (1): Rosetta MOORHOUSE [31640] on 10 Feb 1892
  • Died: 26 Dec 1922, Christchurch N Z aged 63

bullet   Another name for Arthur was Dumpty.


bullet  General Notes:

The Honourable Arthur Rhodes OBE
Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Gladstone
In office 1887 - 1890 electorate abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Geraldine (Independant)
In office 1890 - 1893
24th Mayor of Christchurch
Personal details
Born 20 March 1859 The Levels near Timaru , New Zealand
Died 26 December 1922 (aged 63)
Resting place Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch
Nationality New Zealand
Spouse(s) Rose Moorhouse (m. 1892)
Relations George Rhodes (father) William Barnard Rhodes (uncle) Robert Heaton Rhodes (uncle) Heaton Rhodes (cousin)
Residence Te Koraha

Rhodes was the son of George Rhodes . He was born on his father's station, The Levels , near Timaru . He received his education at Christ's College, Christchurch , where he captained the cricket and the football teams. He then attended Jesus College, Cambridge . He graduated with a BA and L.L.B. from the English college in 1880. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1882 and in the same year, he returned to New Zealand.
Professional career
Rhodes founded his own legal firm in Christchurch in 1884. Later, Michael Godby and John Heaton Rhodes became partners and the firm was called 'Rhodes Ross'. Alan Fraser from Rangiora merged with the firm, from which 'Rhodes Godby and Fraser' resulted, later to be renamed 'Rhodes Fraser & Co'. Today, the firm trades as 'Rhodes & Co' in the Christchurch suburb of Addington .
Rhodes had a number of commercial interests. He was chairman of the New Zealand Shipping Company and chairman of The Press .
Te Koraha in 1901
After Rhodes returned from his tertiary education in England, he purchased 9 acres (3.6 ha) of land in Merivale , setting himself up for having a family and demonstrating his ambitions. He called the property Te Koraha , which is Maori for 'the wilderness'. Development started in 1884, when he had cottages removed and stables and a coach house built. Construction of the homestead, designed by Armson, Collins and Harman , started in 1886. It was enlarged in 1894 and became a centre of the social life of Christchurch.
Many important people stayed at Te Koraha, including Governors George Grey and Lord Islington . During his mayoralty, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York were given use of Te Koraha while they stayed in Christchurch. Later in 1901, Robert Falcon Scott stayed there prior to leaving on the Discovery Expedition .
Upon Rhodes' death, the house passed on to his son Tahu, who sold it. It was leased by Rangi Ruru Girls' School , who used it as a boarding house until 2002, when it became their administration building. Extensively damaged in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake , the building was restored and reopened in July 2012.
Political career
Member of New Zealand Parliament
Rhodes represented the Gladstone (1887 -1890) and Geraldine (1890 -1893) electorates. He was defeated in the 1893 general election for the Pareora electorate that replaced Geraldine by Frederick Flatman . Rhodes contested the Geraldine electorate in the 1896 election , but was again beaten by Flatman. He contested the Avon electorate in 1899 and was beaten by the incumbent, William Tanner .
"The Member for Geraldine", wrote a brutally frank parliamentary reporter, "has few of the requisites for a public speaker. His manner is singularly awkward. Words do not come readily to his bidding and when they do come they are not always employed in the right place" When he died, some obituaries stated that he was the first New Zealand-born member of parliament; this claim appeared, for example, in The New Zealand Herald and The Northern Advocate . However, this was incorrect, as John Sheehan was also a New Zealand-born European, but entered a parliament via an 1872 by-election in the Rodney electorate. The first New Zealand-born persons to enter parliament were Maori , though, and the first Maori elections were held in April 1868.
Local body politics
Christchurch mayoral elections had so far been held in the second half of December, but in 1900, that would have clashed with the Canterbury Jubilee celebrations (the First Four Ships first arrived in December 1850). Mayoral elections were postponed until April 1901. The incumbent, William Reece , declared in December 1900 that he could not serve another term due to other commitments, and shortly afterwards Rhodes received a requisition asking him to be nominated as mayoral candidate. At the nomination meeting on 16 April 1901, Rhodes was the only candidate and was thus declared elected unopposed. He was Mayor for one year and was succeeded by Henry Wigram , who was elected unopposed in 1902.
Rose Rhodes was President of Victoria League Canterbury between 1910 and 1917. The inaugural meeting of the Canterbury branch was held at Te Koraha.
Family and death
Rose Rhodes
On 10 February 1892, he married Rose Moorhouse. She was the youngest daughter of James William Moorhouse, who in turn was brother of William Sefton Moorhouse , the second Superintendent of Canterbury Province . The Rhodes had two children.
Their son, Arthur Tahu Gravenor (Tahu) Rhodes, was born on 2 August 1893. He served in World War I in Gallipoli and Egypt, before he was released due to ill health. On 24 January 1916, he married Helen Cecil Olive Plunket, the daughter of The Lord Plunket , who had been Governor of New Zealand in 1904-1910. Tahu Rhodes died on 11 March 1947.
Their daughter, Rose Mairehau (Maire) Rhodes, was born on 23 July 1894 at Te Koraha. She married George Frederick Hutton at Christ Church, Down Street, Piccadilly . Maire Rhodes died in 1991. The Christchurch suburb of Mairehau is named after her; her father had land holdings in the area.
Rhodes died on 26 December 1922. He was buried the following day at Bromley Cemetery. Rose Rhodes died ten years later by falling 60 feet from the window of her son's flat in Chelsea, London .


Arthur married Rosetta MOORHOUSE [31640] [MRIN: 11229], daughter of James William MOORHOUSE [31669] and Unknown, on 10 Feb 1892. (Rosetta MOORHOUSE [31640] was born on 11 Nov 1866 and died in 1932 in England.). The cause of her death was fell from her son's flat in Chelsea.

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