- Born: 9 Sep 1842, Nottinghamshire, England
- Died: 12 Sep 1914, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand at age 72
- Buried: Abt 14 Sep 1914, Motueka Cemetery, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand
Francis (known as Frank or Francis Junior) was born in England on 9thSeptember 1842. Frank worked as a lacemaker prior to emigration. He didnot marry. After arriving in New Zealand, he worked occasionally with hisbachelor uncle, Thomas. He later formed a farming partnership at RockyRiver with his brother George, an arrangement which lasted until 1910,when he was 68yrs old, and presumably retired. Francis died on 12thSeptember 1914, three days after his 72nd birthday, and is buried next tohis mother at the Motueka Cemetery (block 1, plot 189)
GROOBY BROTHERS (Francis Grooby and George Grooby). Hop and Fruitgrowers,Rocky River, Pangatotara. Messrs Grooby have a freehold of 338 acres,situated at the head of the Pangatotara district, on the western banks ofthe Rocky River, and much of it is rich alluvial soil. There are about400 crossbred sheep on the property, and the owners also cultivate a fewacres of hops and have about five acres planted with fruit trees. TheMessrs Grooby were born in Nottinghamshire, England, and came to NewZealand by the ship "Annie Loughton" in November 1864. During the floodthat deluged the Ngatimoti district some years ago, Mr Francis Grooby hada narrow escape, and was rescued from a perilous position whilst theflood wasat its height.
(Cyclopedia of New Zealand, volume 5, page 228)