Edward Blomfield Clarke

1831-05-04, Waimate North to 1900-10-22, Auckland

Edward was the first child to be baptized in the new church at Waimate North on 10 July 1831, and which also has a memorial lectern and a commemorative plaque recording the baptismal date.

Edward went to England as a young man to study, at the Church Missionary college, Islington, London, hoping to be ordained there. Ill health intervened and he went to Australia. He was finally ordained there on 6 July 1856 at Melbourne and was appointed Curate at Belfast, some 200 miles from Melbourne, working under the Archdeacon of Portland, in 1857He married Susanne Frances Wood born 13 June 1834, Sydney. Granted priest's orders in December 1858, he was invited to New Zealand. After spending some time with his wife's family in Sydney he arrived in New Zealand 1859. In 1860 after a few weeks in the Bay of Islands he left for Tauranga to assist Rev Charles Baker in establishing a new school and church there. His wife followed in November when their new home was ready. He returned to the Bay of Islands in 1862 on the death of Rev. R. Davis, and was appointed acting vicar of Waimate in 1863, where he took over care of the Mission station and district.

Edward became Archdeacon of Te Waimate in 1870, and in 1884 owing to increasing duties in his Māori Mission district he resigned as Te Waimate incumbent and made his headquarters in Auckland. He lived at Conquest Place at St George's Bay. Susanne, died 17 Dec 1890 in Auckland. Interred beside the little Church at the end of Judge's Bay Road, Parnell and overlooking Judge's Bay. His wife's mother, Rachel Ann Sophia Wood, died 5 April 1886, aged 90, is also interred at Judge's Bay Parnell. He died Auckland on 22nd October 1900 in his 70th year.