Rev James Richard Clark - Blacksmith & Minister in NZ
A journal written for Kane133 who asked .. Is there a passenger list for the 'Western Monarch' arriving in Wellington, Jan 1880?. Looking for James R. Clark his wife and children.
.. photo .. Western Monarch
Iron Ship, 1315 tons, built Nov 1875 by the Barrow Ship Building Company. She made 4 voyages to NZ.
* Her 1st voyage was to Port Chalmers (Dunedin) with Captain Watson, arriving 23 March 1878 with 20 passengers & 2000 tons of cargo. Not a good start as she collided with a schooner shortly after leaving the docks in Dec 1877. Repairs were made in Gravesend. Captain Watson was blamed and had to foot the bill.
* Her 2nd voyage, with Captain Watson, was via Bluff with 369 immigrants, landing 20 Jan 1879 .. the passenger list . . She sailed the same day as her sister ship, the 1230 ton, iron ship 'Northern Monarch' which was wrecked in Nov 1903 on her 3rd voyage to NZ. . . The other sister, the 1706 ton 'Eastern Monarch' also sailed to NZ
The Western Monarch made 2 trips into Wellington.
* Her 3rd voyage, with Captain Watson, sailed from Gravesend 1 Oct 1879. She had on board about a dozen first class passengers, 70 second class and around 180 steerage (+ 1 stowaway). They arrived 2 Jan 1880. This is the list Kane133 and I would like to see.
* Her 4th voyage, with Captain Cawse (who took command at the last moment, Captain Erickson being detained by legal matters), arrived 19 March 1887, no passengers but a large cargo of general merchandise.
JAMES RICHARD CLARK was born in Wraysbury, near Windsor, England in April 1852, to Richard Samuel & Eliza Clark. His birth was registered in the 2nd quarter of 1852 in Eton, Buckinghamshire. He married (aged 23) in 1875 to Susannah/SUSAN MARIA BARRETT (1846-1901) in the parish of Forest Hill, Oxfordshire. Susannah was born in Buckinghamshire, a daughter of William Barrett & Anne Greenwood?. Her father was a Publican/Inn Keeper. She was known as Susan in NZ. In the 1871 census James Richard Clark was listed as a 'Smith'
1 Oct 1879 Emigration to New Zealand (aged 27)
James Richard Clark, aged 27, his wife Susan Maria, aged 36, son Will aged 3.3 and daughter Winifred aged a few months, embarked at Gravesend for Wellington, New Zealand on the 3rd voyage of the Western Monarch as above.
JAMES & SUSAN had 4 CHILDREN
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1876 - 1959 WILLIAM HENRY 'Will' Clark (aged 24)
* William was born 10 July 1876 in Eton, Berkshire, (historically in Buckinghamshire) near Windsor. He was aged 3 years & 3 months when they emigrated on the Western Monarch.
* William was a Teacher and a Schoolmaster at Koputaroa. He passed his Class E exam in Wellington in Feb 1900. In March 1901 he had a partial pass in his Class D exam. In Jan 1902 all teachers salaries were reviewed and the 'colonial salary' adopted. William's annual salary went from £50 to £135 (equivalent in Jan 2020: $9,200 to $24,000). In Feb 1908 he passed in one subject for Class C and in Feb 1909 he received a partial pass for a Class C certificate in the Teachers' Exams.
.. photo .. Koputaroa School Picnic around the time Will was schoolmaster. No one is identified so don't know if Will & Ethel are there zoom in
Will married Ethel Grace Eleanor Cockrell (1876-1953) 23 May 1906 in Otaki. Ethel was born 31 Aug 1876 in Lambeth, Surrey and was a month younger than William. She was also a passenger on the Western Monarch aged 3 years & 2 months.
NZ Times, 29 May 1906
On Wednesday last Mr William H. Clark, schoolmaster at Koputaroa (Horowhenua/Manawatu district) and eldest son of the Rev J. R. Clark of Sheffield, Canterbury, was married to Miss Cockrell, eldest daughter of the late Mr F. H. Cockrell of Otaki.
Evening Post, 25 June 1906
CLARK-COCKRELL On the 23rd May, at the residence of the bride's mother (Eleanor Anna 1854-1926), Otaki, by Rev J. R. Clark (his father), William Henry, eldest son of J. R. Clark, to Ethel Grace Eleanor, eldest daughter of the late Frederick Hugh Cockrell (1844-1895).
. NOTE The home of Frederick & Eleanor Cockrell was used for the first regular services of the Methodist Church in Otaki. Frederick was a Society Steward for the Church. He bought Eagar's general store, corner of Mill & Matene Street, in 1883. It was destroyed by fire in 1885. They rebuilt in 1886. It was carried on by Eleanor and later taken over by their son Harold Frederick Ernest Cockrell (1880-1950, superintendent of the Otaki Fire Brigade). The Communion Table was donated in memory of Frederick & Eleanor's contribution to the church.
the children of Will & Ethel
* 1907 - 1995 Edith Grace Miriam Clark *
.. see her notes below
* 1908 - 1985 Eleanor Ruth 'Nora' Clark
.. Nora attended Ngaio School & Ngaio Methodist Sunday School. She married Eric Neil Tibble (1908-2000) in 1931. Eric was a Chief Clerk at the Mental Hospital, Auckland.
* 1909 - 1999 Percival James Comfort Clark
.. In Oct 1958 Percival James Comfort Clark, M.Sc., (graduated from Victoria University 1932) was listed in the NZ Institute Of Chemistry as Chief Organic Chemist at the Dominion Laboratory, D.S.I.R., Wellington. He married Annie Lennox in 1934. In 1972 he was a JP at 57 Ranui Tce, Tawa, Wellington.
* 1910 - 2000 Maurice Frederick Clark
.. Maurice married Thelma Agnes Sinclair (1907-1977) in 1936. A daughter of David Sinclair & Rosina Christiana Jane Frater
* 1912 - 2004 Muriel Winifred Clark
.. Muriel graduated from Victoria College 1935 with a B.A. She married Francis Balfour Talboys (1914-2002).
* Ethel Grace Clark died 1 July 1953 in Auckland & her ashes buried at Waikumete.
WILLIAM HENRY Clark died 12 Nov 1959 in Silverstream, Upper Hutt aged 83. He was cremated at Karori.
. NOTE Will's daughter, Edith Grace Miriam Clark married Arthur Herbert Carman (1902-1982) in Ngaio, Wellington 31 Aug 1932. Arthur had a very full and busy life. He was notable for prominent involvement in many seemingly disparate areas. A prolific writer, his rugby and cricket almanacs in particular won him a wide and respected readership. He wrote books on the Ranfurly Shield & International Cricket. He helped found the Onslow Historical Society, president of the Early Settlers & Historical Association of Wellington. He wrote history on Tawa Flat and the old Porirua road and he wrote The Birth Of A City (1840-1843) (one of my own personal go-to books for Wellington research). He wrote on the Johnsonville Methodist churches and printed by the family firm of Wright and Carman of which he was a director. He was an effective advocate in numerous local issues in Wellington and his bookshop was a well-known meeting place for socialists and pacifists. Before and during WWII, Arthur Carman, as one of NZ's most assertive Christian pacifists, stood alongside Ormond Edward Burton (1893-1974) teacher, soldier, war historian, pacifist, Methodist clergyman, writer and Archibald Charles Barrington (1906-1986) clerk, secretary, pacifist.
Arthur became a noted Christian pacifist and spent some months in Mt Crawford prison in Wellington in 1941 for 'subversion' when he attempted to publicly espouse the Christian pacifist view. His viewpoint had changed from traditional Methodism toward Quakerism following a 1925 visit to the WWI battlefields (he was touring the UK as sole press-correspondent with the 'Invincibles' - All Black rugby team), although he remained a Methodist local preacher for the whole of his life.
* had James been alive, one can imagine Arthur's conversations with his wife's grandfather Rev James Clark, whose views on war were the exact opposite to his own) .. Arthur's Bio is a must-read
.. photo .. Arthur Herbert Carman in 1950
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1879 - 1963 WINIFRED HILDA Clark (aged 27)
* Winifred was born 1879 in Eton, Berkshire (historically it was in Buckinghamshire), near Windsor
* she emigrated when a few months old
Winifred married James Bennie (1873-1945) in 1905. James was an Architect, Artist and Draughtsman. He was born in Ayrshire, Scotland to James Bennie (1829-1897) & Janet Stirrat (1844-1926) and came out to NZ with his parents & 6 siblings on the 'Timaru' 19 Oct 1879.
the children of Winifred & James
* 1906 - 2002 Winifred 'Marjorie' Bennie
.. Winifred married ? Tyler after 1945. She died 10 July 2002 aged 96 and cremated Karori
* 1910 - 1986 James Malcolm Bennie
.. James & his wife Marjory were cremated at Karori
in 1917 (at least), Winifred was a member of the Sailors' Friend Society as was her brother Percy
15 April 1937 daughter Marjorie returns from abroad Successful Party Much pleasure was given to a large number of Mrs J. Bennie's friends when she provided them with an opportunity of meeting her daughter, Miss Marjorie Bennie, who has just returned from a tour abroad, where she continued her singing studies (soprano) and widened her experience in library work .. more at link
.. photo .. Winifred Hilda Bennie (nee Clark) in 1939.
July 1939 A party in Honour of Winifred
Mrs James Bennie, who has been president of the Central Group of the Women's Social Progress Movement for the past eight years, was presented with a spray of fragrant daphne and a golden witch bowl at a tea party which the committee gave in her honour yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs Alexander Gillies, 186 Willis Street. Miss E. Richardson, acting secretary, made the presentation, saying that it was in appreciation of all Mrs Bennie's work as president. In reply Mrs Bennie thanked the members of the committee for their splendid co-operation and for their thought in arranging the party, which had come as a complete surprise to her. Mrs Gillies was also thanked for all she had done for the group and was presented with a posy of flowers. After tea had been served everyone sat and talked for a while. Others present were Mesdames M. Murray, H. Duncan, M. Oakley, R. Wogan, J. Pears, V. Reece, McGreevy, Harris, Lowe and Misses Mary McLean, C.B.E., M. Chappell, Millar, Schramm, G. F. Gibson and Rowe.
1 Sep 1939 - Winifred Entertains check out this guest list!
An 'At Home' was given by Mrs James Bennie at her home, 14 Mount Street (Te Aro), yesterday afternoon. The guests were Lady Carncross (wife of Walter Carncross, newspaper owner & Speaker of the Legislative Council opposed to womens suffrage, knighted in 1922), Mrs G. W. Forbes, Madame Andre Pouquet (wife of France's Consul-General in NZ), Mrs Walter Schmid (wife of 1st Consulate Officer of Switzerland in NZ), Mrs J. B. Martin, Mrs Glion Curtis (formerly Mary Ellen Chivvers. Married Edward 'Glion' Curtis, born USA, Foreign Service Diplomat, formerly vice consul at Budapest, appointed vice-Consul of US at Wellington in 1937 for 3 years), Mrs W. Waddell, Mrs D. Rands (her sister Dorothy), Madame (Marie) Tarbayeff (wife of Major-General Ivan Tarbayeff, of the Imperial Russian Army & vice-president of the Wellington French Club), Mrs Alex Lawson, Mrs W. Kettle, Mrs P. Benham, Mrs A. Longmore, Miss Nellie Scanlan, Miss Violet Kettle, Miss Isobel Biggar, Miss B. Rogers (Palmerston North), Misses Mary and Peggy Butler, Miss Andri Bevin (NZ contralto) and Miss Marjory Anscombe (Marjory Eileen Anscombe (1911-2003) married her son James Malcolm Bennie 6 weeks later). The hostess's daughter Miss Marjorie Bennie, entertained the guests with songs, accompanied by Miss Andri Bevin and Miss Mary Butler gave monologues.
Iceland poppies, daphne and polyanthus were arranged in the drawing-room, their colours blending with the orange furnishing and cream walls. In the dining-room the polished table was set with lace mats and all the decorations were in shades of red. A bowl of red anemones was placed in the centre of the table below a red shaded light. Mrs Bennie was wearing a hostess gown of deep green velvet and matching ornaments and Miss Bennie wore a smart black taffeta suit, the jacket having wide gold stripes.
16 Oct 1939 Their son James gets married
Wedding of James Bennie & Marjory Anscombe .. sister Marjorie was bridesmaid
14 April 1945 husband James Bennie dies aged 72
Evening Post 15 April 1945
OBITUARY The death occurred suddenly on Saturday of Mr James Bennie, well known architect, of Wellington. Mr Bennie was born in Scotland and came to New Zealand with his parents when he was five years of age. With the exception of visits to America in 1920 and many visits to Australia, Mr Bennie has lived in Wellington for over 40 years. He studied his profession in Australia, where he designed the Hobart Exhibition and upon returning to New Zealand was elected a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He was responsible for the designs of nearly all the early picture theatres in Wellington and many churches in various parts of the Dominion. In recent years he specialised in the building of blocks of flats. Mr Bennie was of a very genial disposition. He was very interested in music, was a great reader and a skilled water-colour artist. He leaves his wife, a daughter of the late Rev J. R. and Mrs Clark, a daughter, Miss Marjorie Bennie and a son, Mr James Malcolm Bennie of Wellington and two grandchildren.
James is buried Plot 44 H, Public3 at Karori
.. photo .. James Bennie in 1906
.. photo .. Arcadia Private Temperance Hotel in 1905, newly built. Intersection of Lambton Quay & Stout St., Wellington. James Bennie the architect. Demolished in 1939 to make way for an extension to the State Fire & Accident Insurance building zoom in
WINIFRED HILDA Bennie died 29 March 1963 aged 84. She was cremated at Karori
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1882 - 1918 PERCY NEWTON Clark (aged 29)
* Percy was born 19 Feb 1882 in Waitara, Taranaki, where his father was a Blacksmith in the town.
Percy never married
In June 1910 He was living in Wellington. He attended the Wellington District Young Men's Methodist Bible Class Union debate at Petone. The subject was "Should the British Empire Lead the Way in the Reduction of Armament?". It didn't state which side Percy stood on. Mr J. Raine, secretary of the union, stated that, owing to his removal to Auckland, it was with regret that he was compelled to tender his resignation. Mr W. J. Muldoon, assistant-secretary and treasurer was unanimously appointed secretary and Percy was appointed assistant-secretary and treasurer.
Also in June 1910 a farewell social was given to Mr J. Raine in the Methodist Church, Karori by members of the Bible Class and C.E. Society. A good number were present and items were given by Miss Clark, Percy N. Clark and Mr H. S. Hart
In July 1911 Percy was the Club Captain of the new Methodist Young Men's Institute at Karori. He was mentioned at the Wellington Harriers Club and given thanks for his efforts that the Club is now on a firm footing and is applying for affiliation to the N.Z.A.A.A. The control of the club is to be kept among the Bible class members but anyone is at liberty - and is cordially invited - to help swell the membership
In March 1913 Percy was the Hon Treasurer at Wanganui Camp during the annual meeting of the NZ Young Men's Methodist Bible Class Union
In Aug 1915 An enjoyable programme was presented by Mr Percy N. Clark at the Sailors Friend Society. Items were contributed by Miss McCallum and Messrs Laurenson, Peek, Horslap and Mellior and Master Mitchell. Mr C. F. Harris presided at the piano. Prizes were competed for by the sailors and a hearty vote of thanks to Mr Clark concluded a very pleasant evening.
In Sep 1916 he gave a solo performance at the Y.M.C.A. Prayer Meeting.
In Feb 1917 Percy was called to arms.
* Next Of Kin: Rev J. R. Clark, Methodist Parsonage, Whangarei
* Father born Windsor, England. Mother born Cambridge, England
* Height: 5' 10". Weight: 140lbs (63.5kg) Eyes & Hair: Brown
* Medals to go to: Mr J. Bennie, 208 Lambton Quay, Wellington
* Fined 3 days pay for overstaying his leave at Featherston Camp by 3 days, 28th-30th May 1917
30 March 1918 Percy Newton Clark, Private 49292, with the NZEF, 27th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Regiment, B Company, late of the Registration Department, G.P.O., Wellington, younger son of Reverend J. R. Clark of Woodend, North Canterbury, was KILLED IN ACTION on Somme, France. He was 36.
* one newspaper report says: younger son of the Rev J. R. Clark of Whangarei, formerly of Karori.
* Plague / small scroll sent to father 21 March 1921, Ngaio, Wellington
* Buried Memorial B.8 Euston Cemetery, Colincamps, France
.. photo .. Percy Newton Clark
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1885 - 1976 DOROTHY MINNIE Clark (aged 32)
* Dorothy was born 22 Feb 1885 in Waitara, Taranaki
Dorothy married Frederick Rands (1883-1919) in 1912.
* Frederick was born 20 March 1883 in Methven, a son of Henry Rands & Emma Postie. He became a Methodist Minister.
Manawatu Standard, 23 March 1912
At the Taranaki street Methodist Church, Wellington, on Wednesday, Miss Dorothy Clark, second daughter of the Rev. J. R. Clark, of Karori, was married to the Rev F. Rands. The bridegroom, who has a number of friends on this coast, was on Tuesday last presented with a handsome silver watch, by his congregation at Island Bay, Wellington.
.. photo .. Rev Rands Island Bay Church in 1909
corner of Clyde & Mercy Street zoom in
the children of Dorothy & Frederick
* 1914 - 2019 Maxwell Barrett Rands
* Maxwell Barrett Rands passed away peacefully 23 April 2019 at St Andrews Village, Glendowie, Auckland aged 104 years. Beloved father of Susannah, David, Mary, Maggie, Sylvia. Poppa of 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren
* 1918 - 2017 Dorothy 'Frela' Rands
* Dorothy 'Frela' Grayson passed away peacefully 26 Sept 2017 in Auckland, aged 99. Beloved wife of the late Benjamin Grayson. Much loved Mother and Mother-in-law of Julianne; Phillipa and Colin; Mark and Judy; Catherine and the late Peter. A service held at 185 Schnapper Rock Road, Albany, Auckland
12 April 1915 family at Mahoe
A farewell social was tendered to the Rev F. Rands and Mrs Rands by the members of the Methodist Church in the hall on Thursday last. The Rev Mr White, of Eltham, occupied the chair and the attendance was good. A musical programme was provided and thoroughly enjoyed. Miss Clement, of Eltham, sang very pleasingly and a song was given by Mr Walters, of Mangatoki, in good style. The Sunday School scholars gave a hymn entitled "Good-bye" and Miss Foster gave a humorous recitation, which was encored. Miss Williams, of Kaponga, played a pianoforte solo very well indeed and was enthusiastically recalled. The Chairman in a humorous speech and on behalf of the members of the church and other friends, presented Rev Mr Rands with a 400-hour clock, Mrs Rands with an epergne and Master Maxwell Rands with a silver mug.
Mr Rands feelingly responded and concluded his remarks by an urgent appeal to his hearers, especially the young men, to lead a Christian life. Both Mr and Mrs Rands have endeared themselves to all the residents of the district, irrespective of creed and there is very genuine regret that they are leaving.
12 Feb 1917 Frederick enlisted for war He served as Chaplain Class IV (Captain) with the NZ Chaplains Department, NZEF. His daughter Frela was just born when he embarked in 1918. His next of kin was his wife Dorothy at the parsonage, Methodist Church, Johnsonville. This was crossed out and was changed to Old Kaiwarra Rd., Ngaio, Wellington.
.. photo .. Frederick's Methodist Church in Johnsonville
. a portion of a larger photo
14 Feb 1919 Death of Frederick Rands
The president of the Methodist Conference has received cable advice of the death of the Rev Frederick Rands, Methodist Chaplain with the Forces at the front, on February 14, from influenza. The Rev Frederick Rands was born at Methven 35 years ago. He entered the ministry in 1908 and was stationed at Dunedin South, Levin, Wellington South, Kaponga and Marton. He was an enthusiastic athlete and a popular preacher. In December 1915, while at Marton, he was appointed chaplain to the camp there. Early in 1917 he was appointed chaplain at Trentham. He left New Zealand with the Forces last year and saw service in Egypt, Palestine and France. Prior to 1917 he was employed in the Farmers' Co-op., Ashburton. His father resides at Hampstead. His wife is the daughter of the Rev J. C. Clark, now of Whangarei.
read Frederick Rands story. He is buried Cologne Southern Cemetery. Son Maxwell was aged 4.5 & daughter Frela was 10 months old.
.. photo .. Captain Frederick Rands
22 April 1939 son Maxwell on White Island
VISIT OF SCIENTISTS Dr P. Marshall, consulting geologist to the Public Works Department, Mr S. H. Wilson, Mr M. B. Rands of the staff of the Dominion Laboratory and Mr C Watson Munro of the Dominion Observatory, returned last night from a visit of six days to White Island and stayed at the Commercial Hotel. The party has been engaged in investigational work in connection with volcanic activity and found evidence of a series of changes since their last visit in December. One of the largest fumaroles has changed its position and one of the most active spots has become relatively quiescent while others have changed in the opposite sense. The party left this morning on their return to Wellington.
* Maxwell's book Memoirs of a Minor Chemist * Maxwell's daughter Sylvia Rands (Rev James' great granddaughter)
10 July 1939 daughter Frela attends a party
A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the Tararua Tramping Club rooms at the invitation of Mr and Mrs D. G. Ball, who gave a dance to celebrate the coming-of-age of their daughter Dorothy.
27 July 1945 son Maxwell was a conscientious objector
Further reserved decisions were given today by the No.2 Revision Authority in 25 appeals for release from defaulters' detention camps. Sixteen appeals were allowed and nine released. For release .. M. B. Rands, Wellington
DOROTHY MINNIE Rands died 7 April 1976 aged 91. Her ashes were interred at Purewa.
. . . TIMELINE FOR JAMES
1880-1881 in WELLINGTON (aged 28-29)
In the census living in Cottleville Tce, Thorndon, Wellington, as a "Blacksmith"
2 July 1881 Blacksmith in Waitara (aged 29)
FOR SALE - A strong Spring Trap and Harness. Apply James R. Clark, Blacksmith, Waitara.
9 Feb 1882 Licensing Committee WAITARA (aged 29)
At the Licensing Committee yesterday, the following candidates were nominated for the undermentioned districts:- .. WAITARA DISTRICT: Frederick Bluck, James R. Clark, Thomas Elliot, Peter Elliot, J. Hay, Hugh Irvine, B. C. Lawrence, John Purdie, James Rattenbury and Richard Townsend
22 Feb 1882 his Blacksmith Shop in Waitara
To Smiths. Wanted, a good Doorman, or an Improver, well up to his work. James R. Clark, Blacksmith, Waitara.
.. photo .. Waitara when they were there 1890s zoom in
1 Feb 1884 Wesleyan Conference (aged 31)
SIXTH DAY - The conference commenced its session in the morning at 10 o'clock. In addition to the ministers whose names have already appeared, the following lay representatives were present:- Messrs R. Arthur (Pitt-street, Auckland), W. Burton (Grafton-road, Auckland), R. Hobbs, M.H.R. (Three Kings College), J. Bycroft (Onehunga), T. A. Joughin (Pukekohe), G. French (Hamilton), J. C. George (New Plymouth), J. R. Clark (Waitara), O. G. A. Harvey (Wanganui), S. Fagan (Rangitikei), W. Moxham (Wellington), J. Knight (Hutt), C. Cundy (Greytown), B. P. Berry (Masterton), E. Green (Nelson), J. King (Christchurch), M. Hall (Sydenham), W. Moore (St Albans), J. S. Olliver (Lyttelton), T. G. Smith (Rangiora), C. Dixon (Ashburton), T. A. Walker (Invercargill), T. Buddle (Treasurer of Connexional Funds), F. S. Prime (Treasurer of Home Mission Fund). The President in the name of the ministers, gave an address of welcome to the lay representatives. The past year had been one of the most successful in the history of the Church in New Zealand and in this he heartily congratulated them.
27 Jan 1885 Waitara East School (aged 32)
The annual meeting of householders took place at the advertised time and though not so largely attended as has been the case on the last two occasions, when a little party spirit was introduced into the question, the meeting was composed of those who take an interest in a matter which is of vital importance to a young country like this. It is deplored that the majority of parents in this district take so little interest in the education of their children; they do not seem to realise that it is their bounden duty to do their utmost to secure for them such advantages as will place them on an equal footing with those among whom they will have to earn their livelihood .. The following gentlemen were nominated for Committee:- Rev T. Fee, Rev F. T. Baker, Messrs T. Elliot, T. Bayly, G. Tatton, J. R. Clark, A. J. Whittaker, G. Pearce, R. Cameron and T. Joll. The ballot having been taken, the Chairman declared the seven first-named gentlemen elected.
30 April 1886 Waitara Householders (aged 34)
The annual meeting of householders was held in the Waitara East schoolroom on April 27th, Mr T. Bayly being voted to the chair. The Secretary of the outgoing Committee read the report and balance-sheet, which was adopted. The following gentlemen were elected for the new Committee:- Messrs Thos. Bayly, Hoby, G. V. Tate, J. R. Clark, Rev Hudson, G. Tatton and T. Elliot. A vote of thanks was accorded to the outgoing Committee and to the scrutineers. The newly-elected Committee then met to elect a chairman for the ensuing year, when mr Clark was unanimously chosen to fill the office.
28 Sep 1887 School Closed (aged 35)
WAITARA - Mr J. R. Clark, Chairman of the Waitara School Committee, wrote to the Education Board intimating that the West School was closed on account of illness of the teachers
17 May 1889 visiting Inglewood (aged 37)
On Tuesday evening a reception tea-meeting was held in the Inglewood Wesleyan Church to welcome the Rev J. T. Pinfold as circuit minister. There was a large audience, the church being filled. Addresses were delivered by Merss J. R. Clark of Waitara, Jackson and Taylor of Inglewood, Smith of Wortley Road, Kurtz and Parkin of Waipuku.
9 Oct 1890 Leasing land (aged 38)
Mr J. R. Clark's tender to lease the Waitara West School site, block 118, for seven years, was accepted, subject to conditions.
29 April 1891 in WAITARA, Taranaki (aged 39)
The annual householders meeting for the election of the School Committee for the ensuing year was held in the schoolroom on Monday evening last. There was a large attendance and a very orderly meeting. Mr J. R. Clark, the Chairman of the outgoing Committee, occupied the chair and read the annual report, which was unanimously adopted. Each candidate then gave a short address, indicating what were his views on the subject of education generally and of its application to Waitara in particular. The meeting then proceeded to the election of committee
4 Aug 1891 made Inglewood Cemetery Gates
Who has our cemetery in charge? Cannot we have two or three paths made. In wet weather one cannot walk to the graves except through long grass, with a result of wet clothes. Some time ago I saw a pair of gates made by one of our blacksmiths, Mr J. R. Clark, to the order of the Inglewood Cemetery Board. Cannot we have something of the sort?
12 May 1892 Lease at Waitara (aged 40)
Mr Faull was requested to report on the state of the improvements on the land leased to Mr J. R. Clark at Waitara
24 April 1894 at OTAKI, Kapiti Coast (aged 42)
School Committee Elections The following particulars of last night's meeting of householders have reached us in addition to those reported on the fourth page:- OTAKI The new Committee consists of the Rev J. R. Clark (Chairman)
.. photo .. St John's Church, Karori 1896 zoom in
5 July 1899 leaving METHVEN (aged 47)
SOCIAL AT METHVEN .. The Methven schoolroom was crowded on Wednesday evening last, at a farewell social given to the Rev. J. R. Clark and family, who are leaving the district to take up duties at Kumara. The Rev R. Taylor, Ashburton, occupied the chair and introduced Mr Clark's successor, Mr Randerson, who received a hearty welcome. Instrumental and vocal items and recitations were contributed by the following:- Mesdames Ward, Rands, Halliday and Young; Misses Hibbs, Lock, Duff and Campbell; and Messrs Lock, Rands, Halliday, Seivwright, G. Hughes and F. Rands. Mrs Batty gave efficient service as accompanist. Short addresses were given by Messrs Wallace, Young and Dart, all testifying to the excellent work done by Mr Clark during his stay in Methven. He had interested himself in starting cricket, swimming and tennis clubs and a literary society, apart from church work. Miss Clark was presented by Mrs Lock, on behalf of the teachers of the Sunday School, with a handsome teacher's bible; and by Mr Rands, on behalf of the officers of the church, with a music portfolio, in recognition of musical services rendered by her. A double silver mounted jam stand and spoons were also presented to Mrs Clark as a token of the esteem in which she was held by the ladies. Mr Clark replied, warmly thanking all for the kindness shown to himself and family. Mr Randerson also thanked those present for the welcome extended to him. Supper was then handed round and a pleasant evening brought to a close.
.. photo .. Methven when they lived there zoom in
16 Feb 1901 Kumara School Committee (aged 48)
A special meeting of the Kumara School Committee was held last evening for the purpose of recommending a headmaster. Present - Rev E. Whitehouse (chair), Messrs Jones, Henham, Marks, Haymes, Rudkin, Forster and Rev Clark (Hon Sec.)
25 Oct 1901 Concert in aid of Wesleyan Church (aged 49)
Despite the unfavourable weather the concert in aid of the Wesleyan Church, held on Wednesday evening in the Theatre, was very successful. A number of Hokitika residents, who had promised to be present, were unavoidably absent. Rev J. R. Clark who had charge of matters, succeeded in finding excellent substitutes. The programme was attractive because of one specialty, the myrioramic illustrations given by the Rev Clark to several items
10 Dec 1901 Death of wife SUSAN MARIA (aged 49)
Susan Maria Clark died 10 Dec 1901 in Kumara aged 55.
West Coast Times, 10 Dec 1901
DEATH of Mrs J. R. Clark - Quite a painful sensation was created in town on Sunday evening when it became known that Mrs Clark, wife of the Rev Jas. R. Clark, Minister of the Wesleyan Community had passed away. The deceased lady came with her husband and family to Kumara upwards of two years ago, her previous residence being at Methven in Canterbury. Of a delicate disposition she had enjoyed fair health for some time and although affairs took a more serious turn about a month ago, yet few were prepared for the sad and sudden news. Although her health did not permit of her taking a very prominent part in public affairs, yet she was a woman of most kindly and generous parts and for a few will such deep and general sympathy be expressed. Hers indeed was a character from which it was impossible to withhold respect. For her husband, the Rev Jas. R. Clark, and for her two sons and two daughters, the deepest sympathy is expressed.
At evening service yesterday touching reference was made in the Churches to the sad event and sympathy expressed with the bereaved family.
Greymouth Evening Star, 14 Dec 1901
The funeral of the late Mrs Clark, deferred until the arrival of her son from Wellington, is definitely fixed for today at 2p.m. when the cortege will leave the Wesleyan parsonage for the Kumara Cemetery.
West Coast Times, 16 Dec 1901
FUNERAL The high respect in which all classes of the community held the late Mrs J. R. Clark was fittingly demonstrated by the large concourse who follower her remains to the last resting place on Saturday afternoon. The service in the Wesleyan Church conducted by the Revs Richards and Gray and at the graveside by the Revs Gray, Whitehouse and Thompson. The chief mourners were the Rev J. R. Clark, the Misses Clark and Messrs W. and P. Clark, sons of the deceased.
10 Dec 1901 news reaches NELSON
On 9 Dec 1901 the Wesleyan Synod's financial session opened in St John's schoolroom in Nelson.. A telegram was received containing intelligence of the death of Mrs Clark, wife of the Rev J. R. Clark, of Kumara. The Synod instantly sent a telegram of condolence, sympathising with the Rev Clark in his sad bereavement.
6 June 1902 Temperance Meeting (aged 50)
The monthly meeting of the W.C.T.U. (West Coast Temperance Union) was held on Thursday. A large number of members being present. It was decided to have a Temperance Column in the 'Evening Star' every week. Mr Dixon kindly undertook looking after the space in the Railway Station which the Union is taking up. The Rev Clark of Kumara offered to give a lantern entertainment for the funds of the Union. His offer was accepted.
9 July 1903 Kumara Hospital (aged 51)
Rev Clark received a hearty vote of thanks and those who took part with him, in the recent entertainment for the hospital.
.. photo .. Main Street Kumara in 1906. As it looked when James & Susan lived there enlarged view
13 Jan 1904 Kumara Hospital Trustees (aged 51)
A discussion ensued on the question of defining the duties of the cook. A report was received from the doctor and the matron defining the duties. Mr Jorgensen proposed that the clause, imposing on the cook the duty of keeping the matron's room clean, be deleted. He thought that the cook had enough to do in cooking for 31 patients and keeping the kitchen and pantry clean. Rev Clark was opposed to the resolution because he thought that the duties of the cook as defined were very reasonable. It was necessary to keep proper discipline in the institution. In no other hospital was the matron asked to clean her own room. We should not always be behind the times .. much discussion followed
18 April 1904 leaving for PALMERSTON SOUTH (aged 52)
VALEDICTORY .. Dear Sir, As you are leaving the district for another part of the Colony your friends in Kumara desire to express their regret at the loss the district will sustain ..
Palmerston South, 50km north of Dunedin
26 Dec 1904 Playing Cricket in Otago (aged 52)
.. photo .. Rev James Richard Clark, centre row, 3rd from left and his team mates of the Waihemo County Cricket Club. They played against the Waikouaiti County who won on their home ground
4 March 1908 at Auckland Conference (aged 55)
Discussion at Methodist Conference Messrs Percy R. Paris, James R. Clark and Charles Roberts having completed two years and passed their examinations were admitted to probation for the third year
14 April 1908 moving back to WELLINGTON (aged 56)
The Rev J. R. Clark, who is leaving the Oxford-Malvern circuit to take up work in Wellington by order of Conference after two years service in the district, has been entertained at farewell socials at which presentations were made. Miss Clark was a recipient of a gold bangle from the children and friends of the Sheffield Sunday School. Mr and Miss Clark leave for Wellington next week.
.. photo .. on Karori road, Wellington is the Methodist Church. The original church building is immediately behind it. Taken 1932 zoom in
27 Nov 1909 at LEVIN Conference (aged 57)
Methodist Synod The Synod of the Methodist Church in the Wellington district opened its annual sessions in the church at Levin on Tuesday, November 23rd, at 11 a.m. The regular pastoral session was opened on Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock. The following members were present:- .. & James R. Clark
2 March 1910 at DUNEDIN conference (aged 57)
Methodist Church Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference.
THIRD DAY - Saturday. The Revs James R. Clark, Percy R. Paris, W. W. Avery, Wm. T. Aldridge (late of South Africa) were received as ministers in full connection with the Conference
12 July 1912 at KARORI, Wellington (aged 60)
TARANAKI STREET CHURCH .. Congratulations were extended to the Rev J. R. Clark and the people of Karori upon the successful opening of their new church.
14 March 1913 moving to RANGIORA (aged 60)
Mr and Mrs J. Bennie gave a farewell afternoon tea yesterday to the Rev J. R. Clark and a large number of friends at the Kelburne Kiosk. Mr Clark, who has been resident here for five years, is about to take up a ministry at Woodend, Rangiora. The tea tables were decorated with sweet peas in different shades of pink and pink lilies and a very pleasant afternoon was spent. A programme of music, contributed to by Miss Fleming and Messrs Mazengarb and Phipps, added not a little to the pleasure of the afternoon. The Rev Dr Gibb expressed the sincere good wishes of the Rev Mr Clark's many Wellington friends and Mr Clark briefly responded. Mrs J, Bennie received the guests in a pretty dress of black and white ninon and a large black and white hat. Mr Clark was presented with a case of cutlery from the Taranaki-street Methodist Church, a purse of sovereigns form the Karori Methodist Church and from his Brooklyn congregation a solid silver tea service and tray.
.. photo .. the Kelburn Kiosk/Tearooms in 1910 where they had afternoon tea. With Cable Cars zoom in
19 March 1913 James REMARRIES (aged 61) to
Elizabeth Emily 'Elsie' Brown (1869-1957)
* Elsie was born 16 Oct 1869 in Temuka, 1 of 8 children (6 daughters) of Elijah Brown (1840-1927) & Martha Longson (1843-1903)
Dominion, 26 March 1913
A Temuka Wedding A quiet wedding was solemnised at 'Dinting House', Temuka, the residence of Mr E. Brown, recently, when Miss Elsie Brown was married to the Rev J. R. Clark, of Karori, Wellington. The ceremony was performed by the Rev F. Copeland, Temuka and the Mrs J. Lawry, Christchurch, president of the Methodist Conference. The Rev and Mrs Clark subsequently left for the north.
.. photo .. Main St Temuka 1910s
March 1915 - March 1923 James' Appointments
Methodist Church Draft of Stations
* James Richard Clark is appointed his station in Rangiora, Canterbury. Again in March 1916. In March 1918 he was sent to Whangarei. In March 1923 James was asked to be placed on the permanent supernumerary list for another year.
12 Feb 1917 son Percy called to arms (aged 64)
The following additional voluntary recruiting have been attested at the Town Hall recruiting office:- .. P. N. Clark, clerk, Mount St., city
1 April 1917 leaving CHRISTCHURCH (aged 64)
The Rev J. R. Clark preached his farewell sermon in the Sefton Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon last to a large congregation. At the close of the service appreciative reference was made to his four years work in the district and in the name of the congregation he was asked to accept the gift of a Kaiapoi travelling rug.
. NOTE The Sefton Wesleyan Methodist Church was built and opened in Leithfield in 1876 then moved to Pembertons Rd, Sefton in 1886. A small building of wood and iron it had seating for 80 worshippers. The ministers at Rangiora were in charge. The building was replaced by a brick church which opened 3 Oct 1931. In 1971 services discontinued. An agreement was reached with the Sefton Anglicans to take over the brick church when vacated by the Methodists. The Sunday School Hall, opened 9 Feb 1958, was shifted to the Woodend Methodist Church in 1973 and the brick church was later sold and used as a home.
.. photo .. Woodend Church opened 1911, where James was Minister 1913-1917 story & photos here (pdf)
2 April 1917 moving to WHANGAREI (aged 64)
The Woodend Town Hall was crowded on Friday evening to bid farewell to the Rev J. R. Clark and Mrs Clark. Mr Clark has been in charge of the Woodend side of the Rangiora circuit for four years and has been appointed by the Conference to Whangarei. The function took the form of a social ..
6 Aug 1917 The Rev's thoughts on 'German Lawlessness'
.. while yielding to no one in his desire for peace, he yet thought this war should be pushed on to the bitter end. If this awful war were to be brought to a successful issue, we must send more men and still more men. Mr Clark said he felt so strongly about this, that he would go himself if the authorities would allow him .. let us starve, let the whole Empire starve, if it comes to that. We can starve, but we cannot live under the Kaiser .. more
5 Feb 1918 Whangarei Boy Scouts (aged 65)
At the Boy Scout parade last night Scout-Master Wrigley said good-bye to the boys. There were also in attendance, Major Clark-Walker, Mr W. A. Carruth (district commissioner) and the Rev J. R. Clark (Whangarei commissioner).
18 Feb 1918 Sudden death of his friend (aged 65)
Profound regret was felt throughout Whangarei yesterday as news spread of the tragically sudden death of Dr Harry Dodgshun Bedford, (1877-1918) M.A., L.L.M., barrister of Dunedin. He was staying with James who had given him some bathing attire before going to sleep so that no one need be disturbed in the early morning when the Dr went off for an intended 'dip' (he could not swim) in the tidal waters of Mair Pool
.. photo .. Harry Dodgshun Bedford in 1901 aged 24, just after he gained the University Senior Scholarship for Political Science and graduated M.A. with honours. He was a member of the House of Representatives
30 March 1918 son Percy Killed In Action (aged 65)
Private P. N. Clark, 27th Reinforcements, late of the Registration Department, G. P. O., Wellington (killed in action), was the younger son of the Rev J. R. Clark, of Whangarei, formerly of Karori.
24 April 1918 Anzac Day (aged 66)
The Rev J. R. Clark addressed the children at the Whangarei School today, as a member of the School Committee, on the subject of Anzac Day
18 July 1918 In Hikurangi (aged 66)
Foreign Mission Services were held in the Methodist Church, presided over the the Rev Clark
4 Aug 1918 Whangarei Pulpit Sermon (aged 66)
In connection with the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, special addresses were delivered at the local Methodist Church .. Rev J. R. Clark preached upon the text: "He maketh wars to cease." This war had done away with the fallacy that the security of peace was to be prepared for war. One of the first steps after the cessation of hostilities would be that of disarmament - which alone would ensure the peace of the world .. we must wage this war
14 Feb 1919 death of his son-in-law (aged 66)
The death of the Rev Frederick Rands, Methodist Chaplain with the Forces at the front, from influenza aged 35.
* James's son in law Fred died 11 months after his son Percy and a year, nearly to the day, of his good friend Dr Harry Dodgshun Bedford.
29 April 1919 declined election (aged 67)
There were about fifty householders present last night at the meeting held for the purpose of electing a committee for the Whangarei schools. Mr F. Cutforth was voted to the chair, the only other person nominated, the Rev J. R. Clark, declining the position.
.. photo .. Methodist Church Whangarei on Banks Street see enlarged
30 Aug 1919 Complimentary Social (aged 67)
If testimony were required as to the popularity of the Rev J. R. Clark and Mrs Clark amongst the Whangarei Methodist connection, then it was amply forthcoming on Wednesday evening last, when Mr and Mrs Clark were entertained at a complimentary social by the members of the congregation. The function was held in the school room adjoining the church, the building being taxed to its utmost capacity to accommodate the large gathering that had assembled to do honour to the guests of the evening.
Mr Jack said that he was very pleased that the old custom in Methodist law of moving a minister on after having worked for three years in a circuit - whether it were advisable or otherwise - had been altered and it was allowable at the present time for a minister to remain for an indefinite period .. it was hoped Mr and Mrs Clark would remain in Whangarei for several years to come. The congregation was thoroughly satisfied that they had in Mr Clark, the right man, as was fully evidenced by the splendid progress made in all branches of church work during his appointment here. When he arrived the church life was at a low ebb and there was a heavy financial burden upon the circuit and also the church building. It was most gratifying to record that the status of the church had been considerably raised, the congregations had largely increased and the debts had been cleared away .. two other circuits had approached Mr Clark to allow himself to be nominated as their future minister, but he had turned both offers down .. more
14 Oct 1920 James in ill health (aged 68)
Last evening the Whangarei Methodist Church quarterly meeting was held at the parsonage. This is the most important of these gatherings, the September one being that on which ministers are invited for the ensuing year. Before this part of the business came before the members the Rev J. R. Clark, who has been the minister in charge for three and a half years, informed the meeting that as a result of medical advice and other matters he was unable to accept an invitation for another term. Very high appreciation indeed was expressed of Mr Clark's work and the sincerest gratitude to him for the greatly improved condition of matters generally in connection with the church and an earnest hope that his health may be soon restored by a change of climate.
18 Nov 1920 Whangarei School Committee
Owing to the absence on duty of the Rev J. R. Clark, no report from Hora Hora was available.
29 Nov 1920 Methodist Sunday School
Favoured with glorious weather the anniversary services of the Whangarei Methodist Sunday School yesterday were a distinct success. For some weeks past the children had practised assiduously the special hymns used for the occasion and yesterday's singing was a pleasurable feature of the function. Owing to the regrettable illness of the minister, Rev R. J. Clark, the pulpit was occupied in the morning by the Rev W. B. James and in the afternoon by the Rev G. W. Lochore and in the evening by Colonel Mackesy
16 Dec 1920 Y.W.C.A. opening ceremony (aged 68)
Yesterday afternoon a very good attendance of the public assembled at the Y.W.C.A. Hostel in Bank Street to take part in the opening ceremony .. The Mayor then concluded his remarks by reading an apology for his absence from the Rev J. R. Clark
8 Feb 1921 early retirement (aged 68)
The Rev J. J. Lewis has gone to take charge of the Whangarei Methodist circuit in the place of the Rev J. R. Clark, who has suffered a breakdown in health. Mr Clark was to have retired at the next Conference but he is unable to keep up until then.
19 Feb 1921 Motion of Sympathy (aged 69)
It was agreed, on the motion of the chairman, seconded by Mr Palmer, that a letter of sympathy be sent to the Rev R. J. Clark, who had suffered a long illness and now would be absent from his duties for some considerable time.
2 April 1921 moving to TAI TAPU
Tomorrow evening in the Whangarei Methodist Church, the Rev J. R. Clark is announced to preach his farewell service. At the recent Conference in Wellington, Mr Clark was appointed to the Tai Tapu circuit, near Christchurch and he and Mrs Clark expect to leave for their new home on Saturday next, April 9 .. Mr Clark's health has rather badly broken down during the past few months and it is hoped and expected that the change to the Canterbury climate will have the desired effect of restoring him to his usually robust health .. more
4 April 1921 James' last sermon at Whangarei
28 April 1921 Welcome to Tai Tapu (aged 69)
The fifty-fifth anniversary of the Tai Tapu Methodist Church was celebrated by a tea and concert in the Sunday schoolroom. A very large gathering from surrounding districts was present. The occasion was taken to welcome Mrs and Rev J. R. Clark, of Whangarei, who have succeeded the Rev B. Metson.
.. photo .. Tai Tapu Methodist Church 1905
17 Nov 1921 made a Supernumerary (aged 69) he rev J. R. Clark's application to be made a supernumerary for one year, on the ground of ill-health, was granted.
27 March 1922 at Tai Tapu Methodist schoolreem
On Friday evening the Tai Tapu Methodist schoolroom was filled with the friends of Sister May Barnett, who is leaving this evening for the Solomon Islands to work in connection with the Methodist Missions. The New Zealand Methodist Conference has this year been given the sole care of this part of the Methodist Mission field in the Pacific. Mr R. A. Forbes said that when he first came to Tai Tapu 58 years ago, the Methodist srvices were being conducted in the home of Mr Barnett, the grandfather of Sister May. Brief addresses were delivered by Mess T. O. Morgan, R. A. Forbes, B. Gilmour, E. Graham and the Rev J.R. Clark.
16 Nov 1923 Methodist Synod annual meeting
The Rev J. R. Clark was placed on the supernumerary list for another year.
1 Aug 1928 Rev JAMES RICHARD CLARK dies in Christchurch (aged 76)
Press, 2 Aug 1928
The death occurred yesterday of the Rev. James Richard Clark, of 25 Wyon street, Linwood, aged 76 years. The Rev Mr Clark became a supernumerary of the Methodist Church in 1922 and served as a Home Missionary, having no fixed church. He proved himself an excellent pioneer and was well loved by all with whom he came into contact.
On being ordained he was stationed at Woodend and later in the North Island. In spite of a break-down in health he retained remarkable courage and hope, but retired soon after the Great War.
He married a second time and leaves a widow and three children, all of whom are grown up. The children are Mrs Bennie, Mrs Rands and Mr W. Clark, all of Wellington.
Northern Advocate, 3 Aug 1928
OBITUARY Rev J. R. Clark. news has just been received of the death of the Rev J. R. Clark, at Linwood, Christchurch. The late Mr Clark will be remembered by many persons as having been the minister of the local Methodist Church from 1917 to 1921. While here he endeared himself to all by his kindly, sympathetic and helpful nature. The tragedy of the death of Dr Bedford, who was staying with the Rev Mr Clark at the time, was a great shock to him and probably had a good deal to do with the failure of his health (plus his son was KIA 6 weeks later). Mr Clark had a long period of service with the Methodist Church of New Zealand, doing much pioneer work in new districts and difficult circuits. Of no man can it be said more truly that he gave hie life for the work he loved. Many are the friends who will grieve to know that he has gone from among them, but who will yet not regret that the warrior at length has laid his armour by.
.. photo .. Last Will & Testament of James Richard Clark, at Probate 7 Aug 1928
* Elizabeth Emily Clark of Christchurch in the Dominion of New Zealand, Widow, make oath and say as follows:- that according to my knowledge and belief the estate and effects of the said deceased in respect of which Probate is sought to be obtained, are under the value of six hundred pounds (actual was £542 19s 8d, equivalent in Aug 2019 to $54,255). That the said James Richard Clark deceased, was born at Wraysbury near Windsor England and was of British Nationality. That the said Elizabeth Emily Clark was born at Temuka in the Dominion of New Zealand and of British nationality
* In the Estate of James Richard Clark, formerly of Woodend, late of Christchurch, in the said District Methodist Minister, deceased .. I direct my Executrix to pay my just Debts and Funeral and Testamentary Expenses. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Emily (Elsie) Clark all my real & personal property of what nature or kind soever, to be at her disposal absolutely.
Elizabeth Emily 'Elsie' Clark died 20 July 1957 aged 87
They are buried together Plot 271, Block 29 at Bromley
* Taken from St John's Church, Karori .. The inspiring ministry of the Rev James R. Clark (1852-1928) from 1908 to 1913 drew the Karori people together as a worshipping family and doubled the membership to 60. Raised a Baptist in Windsor, England, Clark became a Wesleyan and a minister in New Zealand. In his second appointment at Karori, this capable horseman, expert gardener and good visitor infused his energy into his congregation
Rev James Richard Clark in Otago Dec 1904 aged 52
see Dec 1904 in timeline for perspective