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Rev. George Clarke

Arrived: 1824
Country of origin: England
Area in New Zealand: Bay of Islands
Source: book- The Bay of Islands; Jack Lee, Wikipedia, Family website
Rev George Clarke was married to Martha Blomfield, born 1802, daughter of Ezekiel and Mary Ann Blomfield (nee Fennel). Her sister Johanna Sarah Blomfield married Rev. Matthews. qv.

New Zealand Herald 17th of March 1897.
It is with much regret I have to record the death of the above named old and respected colonist, who quietly passed away at Otahuhu on the morning of March 15. His life really forms part of New Zealand history. Mr. Samuel Clarke was the second son of the late Mr. George Clarke, who, when Governor Hobson arrived in New Zealand, held the office of under the Imperial Government of Protector of the Aborigines The deceased was born at Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, in 1824, in the first wooden house built by the Church Missionaries. The house is still standing and occupied. It is the oldest wooden house in the North Island. When Mr, Clarke was ten years old, he was sent by his parents, in company with two other lads, to England, under the charge of one of the missionaries returning, to England, in H.M.B. Buffalo—afterwards wrecked at Mercury Bay., The two lads who accompanied deceased to England were Judge E. M. Williams, now living in the Mount Eden district, and Mr. Henry Kemp who, I believe, is still living near Auckland. After spending seven years in England, Mr. Clarke returned to Auckland, and became a pioneer settler at Waipuna, on the Tamaki, near the present township of Panmure. 

Early in the forties he bought the Wymondly estate, East Tamaki. known as Clarke and Ludbrook's farm. In 1860 he sold this farm to Mr Archibald Wallace, senr., and went to live at Tauranga, first as a lessee of Church Mission property at To Papa, and then as a settler on his own land. He was one of the first to use a plough in the Tauranga district. He ploughed up what is now called Cameron Road. In order to prevent the natives making a thoroughfare through his property, Mr. Clarke fenced, and put up a large swing gate at the end of his farm. When the war extended to the Bay of Plenty district, the Maoris used his fences and this particular gate in the construction of the Gate Pa, hence the name of this celebrated.- pa.

During the war Mr. Clarke and family ware obliged to leave. After he returned to Tauranga he took great interest in everything connected with the growth of the district. He was an active magistrate, chairman of the county council, chairman of the road board, and for many years chairman of the Tauranga School Committee. He subsequently retired from active life, and came to Otahuhu to end bis days near where he commenced his early career. About two years ago he was seized with a stroke of paralysis, from which he never thoroughly recovered. Deceased leaves behind him a widow, four sons, three.daughters, and seven. grandchildren. 'His surviving' brothers are the Venerable Archdeacon Clarke, of Parnell, Messrs. Henry Tacy Clarke, Hopkins v Clarke, William Clarke, J. B. Clarke, of Waimate, Bay of Islands, and the Rev. George Clarke of Hobart. Mr. Clarke was respected and esteemed by all who knew him. He was a, man of great intelligence, and of a particularly kind and genial disposition. Mr. Clarke's funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, in the Church of England cemetery, Otahuhu, and, he was buried near the graves of his life-long friends, the late Richard and John Fairburn. Canon Gould conducted the funeral service. Unfortunately the Ven. Archdeacon Clarke is at present away on a missionary journey, extending from the Bay of Islands to the North Cape.