Topic: Richard Roxborough Moore (1833-1884)

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Captain Richard Roxborough Moore led the 1st Waikato Militia at the Battle of Te Ranga on 21 June 1864.

Richard Roxborough Moore is though to have been born in 1833 in Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland.

On 17 May 1850 The London Gazette reported: 15th Foot, Richard Roxborough Moore, Gent. to be Ensign by purchase, vice Cowper, promoted. 

In June 1859 the estate of Richard Roxborough Moore at Roxborough and Chancellorstown, barony of Iffa and Offa and at Graystown, barony of Slievardagh, were advertised for sale.

Richard married Lucy Alice Rawlinson in New Zealand on 4 May 1865 (reg. 1865/5747). They had three children together:

  1. Charles Roxborough Moore (1865-1926). Born at Maketu, North Island, New Zealand on 24 May 1865 (reg. 1865/10062). MOORE Charles Roxborough, born 24 May 1871, Maketu, son of Richard Roxborough Moore, gentleman and Lucy Alice Moore, formerly Rawlinson. [RG 1865]. He died in Houston, Harris Co., Texas, USA on 16 February 1926.
  2. Constance Eleanor Moore (1868-1941). Born in New Zealand on 8 March 1868 (reg. 1868/15869). Constance married Millard Filmore Walker (1859-1920) on 6 July 1899. She died in Wharton, Texas, USA on 9 December 1941.
  3. Richard Finster Moore (1871-1939)Born at St Thomas, Lancaster, Lancashire, England on 17 March 1871. He died in San Leon, Galveston, Texas, USA, on 22 July 1939.
  4. Roxborough Villiers Moore (1880-1955). Born in Lancashire on 30 June 1880. He died in Wharton, Texas, USA on 23 February 1955.
  5. Stephen Roxborough Joseph Moore (1881-1933). Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on 26 August 1881. He died in Miami, Florida, USA in 1933.

On 21 June 1864 Richard was in Tauranga leading the 1st Waikato Militia at the Battle of Te Ranga. Cowan writes; "On the 21st June a strong reconnoitring column, under Colonel Greer, advancing along the leading ridge from the Gate pa, found the Maoris hard at work on their entrenchments. They were not given time to complete the formidable pa contemplated. Colonel Greer decided to attack at once. He had a force of about six hundred men, composed of detachments of the 43rd Regiment, under Major Synge, the 68th, under Major Shuttleworth, and the 1st Waikato Militia, under Captain Moore" (p. 435).

From the Historical Review: In the year 1868, journeying from Ohake to Oruanui in company with the late Captain St George and Dr Nesbitt, together with Captain Moore, formerly of the 1st Waikatos, while endeavouring to find the Huka falls, through a country unknown to the whole of us, we lost our road and came suddenly on a spot on the banks of the Waikato where we found a very small shanty erected, a Histoical Review Vol 53 No 2, November 2005 64 kopapa -or small canoe, an old man and a young one (p. 64).

At some point the Moore family left New Zealand for England.

The family emigrated from Liverpool in England on board the ship Montreal, arriving in New Orelans in the United States of America on 13 October 1880.

Richard is thought to have died in 1884. Lucy died in 1888.



Bay of Plenty Births 1872-1920: L-Z.

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Colonel Greer Report (27 June 1864).

Cowan James (1955). The New Zealand Wars: A History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period: Volume I: 1845–1864.

Glen, Frank (2011). Australians at war in New Zealand (p. 182).

Historical Review (Vol 53 No 2, November 2005).

Landed Estates Database: Estate Moore (Barne). 

The London Gazette (17 May 1850, 1417).

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Richard Roxborough Moore (1833-1884)

First Names:Richard Roxborough
Last Name:Moore
Date of Birth:1833
Place of Birth:Clonmel, Tipperary
Country of birth:Ireland
Date of death:1884
Place of death:Texas, USA
Spouses name:Lucy Alice Rawlinson
Spouses date of birth:9 April 1848
Spouses place of birth:Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Spouses date of death:1888
Spouses place of death:Wharton, Texas, USA
Date of marriage:4 May 1865
Place of marriage:New Zealand
Military Service:New Zealand Wars