Rice Owen Clark

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Rice Owen Clark (1862)

Rice Owen Clark (1816–1896) was originally from Buckinghamshire. He emigrated to New Zealand arriving in Port Nicholson in 1840. He was one of the first European settlers in Hobsonville.[1]

In 1854 he bought land in Hobsonville becoming one of the first European settlers in the area. It was there that he set up a prosperous business making drain pipes, bricks and tiles for the increasing number of settlers.[2] Much of the clay he used was being sourced from Limeburners Bay, which is now an archaeological site.[3]

When he was 33 years old, Clark was accused of bigamy at the Wellington Supreme Court, but he was sentenced not guilty.[4]

In 1908 Clark's Potteries became R.O. Clark Limited.[5] His great-grandson, Tom Clark, inherited the business setting up a ceramics company which eventually became known as Crown Lynn Potteries Ltd.


  1. ^ Summer Sailor: My Essay, Retrieved 1 September 2012
  2. ^ NZ Historic Brick Database, Retrieved 1 September 2012
  3. ^ The Aucklander: Heritage has day in court, Retrieved 1 September 2012
  4. ^ New Zealand Lost Cases Project, 1 September 1849, Retrieved 1 September 2012
  5. ^ New Zealand Historical Places: Clark House, Retrieved 1 September 2012


  • Clough, R. 2006. Hobsonville Limeburners Bay, Proposed Subdivision Dp104222: Archaeological Assessment. Unpublished Report.

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