GEORGE CLARKE - 1840 ------------- 1875
edmondsallan - hello - In 1840 " george Clarke " was appointed by the New Colonial Government as " Chief Protector of Aborigines in NZ " He certainly had his own views on how that should be . Unfortuneately in doing so he became the meat in the sandwich , ready to be eaten . Three seperate groups were having a go at him . The Government , the settlers , and the Maori people . None of them accepted his position . although at first the Government paid heed to " Clarke's "advice and used him successfully in " Intertribal and Inter - racial disputes "
Clarke himself believed in only two options for the Maori people. they were " government protection of their rights and property , or oppression and extermination . He became a mediator in many Pakeha / Maori Disputes and especially the land hungry - Land companies . when Governor Grey came to power in NZ , he used Clarke to Offically reclaim land back from both races . Grey would then realocate the land taken to whom he saw fit . Many in his good books recieved more grants and those in his bad books granted nothing . Having used Clarke many times to do carry out his own plans . he dismissed him from his office as protector and the protectorate's position which was officially abolished in 1846 . Clarke returned to Waimate north where he became a successful farmer and resumed his duties as secretary of the CMS . Grey then had him dismissed again in 1849 when the Governor raised the issue of the land purchases made by the CMS . Clarke continued to be invovled in Public Affairs . He was elected to the Legislative Council in 1852 . He was appointed Civil commissioner in the Bay of Islands in 1861 and Judge in the Maori Land Court in 1865, " george Clarke " died at Waimate North on the 29th July 1875
The " Edmonds extended family " were invovled quite a few times with Clarke especially about land . As I said at the beginning , he was related to our family by marriage . ok - Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan