The surname Cathro was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat in their territories of Strcathro. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. Later they held a family seat at Perth when William Cathraw was a businessman in 1509.
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Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Cathro Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Alexander Cathro, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
Isabella Cathro, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
John Cathro, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
James Cathro, aged under 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
Mary Cathro, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865