Arthur Hay Maude was and second son of the Rev Thomas Maude, in Elvington, England.
He was born in 1837 in London, but, leaving that city in infancy, was bred and brought up in Yorkshire, in consequence of his father (the Rev. Thomas Maude, M A) having been presented to the living of Elvington in that county. He was educated at Rossall school near Fleetwood, in Lancashire, and was intended for the army, but instead came to New South Wales in 1856.
Owing to an accident he returned to England in the following year, and remained for nine years, but came out to New Zealand in 1866, by the ship “Stornoway.”
Shortly after arriving in New Zealand Mr Maude settled in Oamaru, and purchased land in the district.
He started farming, but unfortunately his first crops came to nothing. There were bad droughts in those days. He had gained some experience in farming when he managed church farms around Elvington in England.
About two years later he sold his interest, and established himself as a stock and station agent, and conducted a very large business for about twenty years. After his business failed he subsequently for about three years was the assistant manager of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, after which he established his present business as a Land and Estate Agent in Tyne Street, Oamaru, with a private residence “Elvington” in Awamoa.
Arthur Hay was a trustee of the Oamaru Racecourse Reserve from 1878, and acted as secretary to the trustees for many years.
On the 10th June, he married Melior Mathilde Fenwick, the eldest daughter of Georg Thomas Fenwick (from Glenfern, Otepopo), formerly the Italian Consul to Sweden, and Mathilde Renée Arlaud from Helsingor in Denmark. They had six sons and two daughters. Two sons died in their infancy.
Thomas Maude (1875-1879) ( Thomas died after a short illness, occasioned by having sucked on or eaten some wax vesta heads on 31st August at Elvington Oamaru NZd.' A wax vesta was : 'A wax stem that embedded cotton threads and had a tip of phosphorus, patented by William Newton in 1832.)
Winifred Frances Stewart (Winnie) Maude (1878-1965) married WIlliam James Rush 1908
Violet Melior (Visie) Maude (1879-1978) never married
Henry Fairfax (Harry/ Hallie) Maude (1881-1963) married Winifred Olga Jamieson 1912
Charles Frederick Addison Maude (1889-1889) died at 3 months
Percy de Montalt Maude (1889-1975) married Dorothy Meta Ward 1914
During his life he wrote a book on the tarrif question called "The Tarriff Question: Chamberlain Appeals Unto Caesar". This was a 57 page dissertation on the current political situation of tariffs being applied by Britain on the colonies. The Preface was written by the NZ Prime Minister Richard John Seddon, and a recommendation by the previous Australian Prime Minister Alfred Deakin, was included.
Mr Deakin wrote:
I congratulate Mr. Maude most warmly upon his admirably cogent demonstration of our case. It is the aptest, clearest, and most convincing exposition of some of the fallacies of Free Imports that I have seen in Australia, and I shall be very happy to hear that it attains a large sale among us.
Parliament House, Melbourne, January 18th, 1905.
Richard John Seddon wrote:
I can heartily recommend the perusal and study of this little work to all those who are interested in the fiscal question. It contains in a moderate compass the data and the arguments necessary to enable anyone to grasp and understand the subject, and to realise its vast importance to the Mother Country, the Colonies, and the Empire as a whole. The author has collected and arranged from a variety of authentic and up-to-date sources a large amount of valuable information on the tariff question, which is presented to the student in a compact and readable form, and which, in mly opinion, will assist him in forming a correct opinion as to the merits of the reform advocated by Mr. Chamberlain, and the reasons for its adoption in the best interests of the Empire. As a handy book of reference Mr Maude's pamphlet cannot fail to be of value.
Prime Minister's Office, Wellington, 29th March 1905.
Arthur died in Oamaru in 1919.