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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. Thomas Roberts Leithead

Mr. Thomas Roberts Leithead, Mill Manager of the Kaiapoi Woollen Mills, was born in 1873 in Kendal, Westmorland, England. He came to the colony with his father, Mr. James Leithead in 1879, and was educated in Kaiapoi. On leaving school he began to work at the local woollen mill, and, having gone through each department, he went to England in 1897, and gained further insight into the business. He was for some time with Messrs G. Roberts and Co., of Selkirk, Scotland, and afterwards with Messrs J. and J. Craven, at Keightley, Yorkshire. On returning to New Zealand at the end of 1899, he was appointed assistant manager of the Kaiapoi Woollen Mills, and on his father's retirement, on the 1st of February, 1902, succeeded to the management.