Rice Owen Clark
Clark was baptised in the parish of Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England, on 19 September 1816, the son of Josiah and Ann Clark and the brother of engineers Edwin Clark and Josiah Latimer Clark. He emigrated to New Zealand on the Gertrude, arriving at Port Nicholson on 31 October 1841. He ran a church school in Wellington, but it was destroyed by earthquake and he subsequently moved to Auckland.
In 1854 Clark 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. Much of the clay he used was being sourced from Limeburners Bay, which is now an archaeological site.
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