Richard Henry Clarke

Father: John Clark

Mother: Elizabeth Tregoning

Born September 1, 1833, at St. Austell, Cornwall.

Died November 20, 1915, at Timaru, New Zealand.

Richard and his brother, William Richard Clarke, emigrated from Cornwall to Timaru, New Zealand, in 1863. There had been no contact with them or their family until 1963, when Tom and Isabel Clarke visited Timaru. They obtained a great deal of information at that time, and additional information has been obtained since then.

Here is Richard's obituary from the Timaru Herald:

Another of the old identities of Timaruís pioneer days has passed away in the person of Mr. R. H. Clarke, who died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Brown, Ashburton, on Saturday morning. Mr. Clarke left Cornwall, England, for New Zealand with his wife and family in October, 1863, in the ship Tiptree, arriving at Lyttelton three months later, and came on direct to Timaru in the steamer City of Dunedin, and from the open roadstead were brought ashore in surf boats. Timaru was only just beginning in those days, the hardships were great, and food was scarce and very dear, but those early settlers were a noble band of workers, who toiled long and arduously to make a little home for themselves and their families. After some time, Mr. Clarke got a position in a store owned by Messrs. Cain and LeCren, which afterwards became Miles, Archer, and Co.ís business, where he worked himself up to be head storeman, and was universally respected by all who did business with the firm. He remained in the firmís employ for 32 years, when the business was wound up. He then entered into business on his own account as a grocer, which he worked for eight years, and then had to retire owing to ill health. Mr. Clarke leaves a family of four daughters and one son, the daughters being Mrs. J. B. Courtis of Dunedin, Mrs. G. Watts, and Mrs. A. R. Rule, of Timaru, and Mrs. Chares Brown, of Ashburton, and the son, Dr. R. E. Clarke, of Birmingham, England. His wife predeceased him by ten and a half years

Spouse: Sarah (“Sally”) Watts (b. October 21, 1828; d. May 27, 1905)

Married August 4, 1855, at St. Austell, Cornwall.


  1. Elizabeth Clarke.
  2. Ada Clarke.
  3. Clara Jenkins Clarke (b. 1864, at sea en route from England to Timaru).
  4. Achsah Clarke.
  5. Selena Clarke (d. at age 21).
  6. Alfred Clarke (d. at age 14).
  7. Richard E. Watts Clarke.

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Modified February 28, 2013