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Rope-making to Pastoral Farming

Rope-making to Pastoral Farming: Life and Times of Thomas & Sarah Clark

An early period of Hawkes Bay history is captured in this publication of ‘Life and Time of Thomas and Sarah Clark’. Thomas established a large pastoral farming operation in Eskdale, near Napier from 1899 following the purchase of the ‘Hedgeley Estate’ from the Carr family. The story includes sections on:

  • the family’s early life in Bristol where Thomas was a successful rope-maker.
  • the move to New Zealand and their eldest son as one of the first students at Lincoln College.
  • initial farming interests at Rongotea, near Palmerston North.
  • the loss of a son-in law in World War 1 and the subsequent building of the Eskdale Memorial Church for all serviceman of the local district who had lost their lives.
  • the impact of the 1931 Earthquake on the family, their homes and the vivid recollections of that event. 
  • Thomas’ strong commitment to the community — support of France House, and land for Eskdale Park.
  • Thomas’ purchase of land in Taupo — a Clark connection which has been uninterrupted for 110 years.
  • the life and times of their children and grand-children and later generations, many of whom still live in the region.

The story includes many photographs of the life, and apparel of the different time periods.

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Cover design, page typesetting, photographic retouching and print production for Rope-making to Pastoral Farming: Life and Times of Thomas & Sarah Clark. By author David Cullwick

For copies of this book, please contact author David Cullwick