Record Type
Date Born/Est
Circa 1842
Date Died/Ceased
05 October 1927
Place Of Death
New Plymouth/Taranaki/New Zealand
Biographical Display
Obituary (New Zealand Herald, 6 October 1927):
The death occurred at the New Plymouth Hospital yesterday of Mr. George Hoby, at the age of 84 years. Feeble health and failure of his sight had kept Mr. Hoby from taking part in affairs for some years, but in his younger days he was a notable figure in the district, and the courageous spirit he displayed during the Maori War was particularly remembered by those who knew him. Mr. Hoby came to New Plymouth with his parents and other members of his family in 1852, by a ship which, after landing passengers at Lyttelton, came on to New Plymouth with two families which had taken passage here, Mr. Hoby's father was one of the original settlers of Bell Block.
At the age of 17 years Mr. Hoby joined the Mounted Corps which, under Captain Des Voeux, and later under Captain F. J. Mace, became renowned for its activity and gallantry in the Maori War. Mr. Hoby was an outstanding figure daring the "whole of the war in carrying despatches and performing other hazardous duties. He was without fear and a particularly good horseman. He was orderly at Waireka, and brought news of the battle to New Plymouth. He also brought in from Tataraimaka news of the killing of Captain Lloyd, of the 57th Regimant, when his party was ambushed. A particularly hazardous journey was made by Mr. Hoby in company with Mr. Standish, despatches being carried to Wanganui. An illustration of his bravery was afforded in June, 1860, on the occasion of the drowning of Beaumont Wakefield. There was a mountainous sea running at the time, and he rode into the breakers, both in an endeavour to locate the unfortunate lad as well as to assist Captain Miller, of the 12th Regiment, who nearly lost his life in a plucky attempt at rescue.
After the war Sir, Hoby spent some time on the goldfields of the West Coast, although he did not engage in mining. He became a friend of the late Mr. R. J. Seddon. On returning to the New Plymouth district he went on the land at Bell Block, occupying a farm for 16 years. He removed about 36 years ago to a section on the Henwood Road where, in addition to farming, he engaged in land agency business. Mr. Hoby married Miss H Chapman, whom he outlived by about two years. They are survived by a family of eight. Another son, Stanley, was killed in the Great War.
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