Martha Elizabeth CLARKE1

(1838 - 1898)
Father*George CLARKE1 b. 1798, d. 1875
Mother*Martha Elizabeth BLOMFIELD1 b. 1802, d. 1882
Martha Elizabeth CLARKE was born on 31 August 18382,1 and was baptised on 14 October 1838.3,1

Martha died on 1 October 1898 in New Zealand at age 60.2,4 She was buried on 4 October 1898 at the St John the Baptist cemetery, 344 Te Ahu Ahu Rd in Waimate North.2
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S306] Cemetery Marker - , Waimate Nth Church cemetery.
  3. [S294] Filmed Manuscript - NZGS, Auckland, New Zealand, NZGS Microfilm Record: Extracts from Mission Records, Oct-Nov 1982 by Marion Wellington, Waitara. Film 466/82.
  4. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence, Never married, no issue. 'Geneaology of the Descendants of George CLARKE' by Edgar T. Jones, 1984, claims she died 1 Oct 1878.

Martha Elizabeth CLARKE1

(1901 - 1978)
Father*George Arthur Edward CLARKE2 b. 1865, d. 1937
Mother*Kate RUMNEY2 b. 1870, d. 1931
Martha Elizabeth CLARKE was born on 16 January 1901 at 'Lottah' in Hobart, Tasmania.2,1

She married John Conrad JAEGER in Hobart, Tasmania, on 24 October 1950.2

She died on 31 July 1978 in Tasmania at age 77.2 Her ashes were buried on 2 August 1978 at Derwent Gardens in Hobart.3

Family

John Conrad JAEGER (c 1908 - 1979)
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S753] Australian BDM Indexes 1788-1950, at http://www.ancestry.com/, Tasmania, Reg. No. 2685.
  2. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  3. [S686] Tasmanian Southern Cemeteries database, at http://www.millingtons.com.au/index.html, Garden Bed, Section AA, site 2186.

Mary CLARKE1

She married William CLARKE.1

Family

William CLARKE
Child

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.

Mary Ann CLARKE1

(1829 - 1890)
Father*George CLARKE1 b. 1798, d. 1875
Mother*Martha Elizabeth BLOMFIELD1 b. 1802, d. 1882
Mary Ann CLARKE was born on 3 October 1829 in Kerikeri2,1 and was baptised in 1829.3,1

Mary died on 24 June 1890 in Waimate North, Northland, at age 60.4,5,6 She was buried on 26 June 1890 at the St John the Baptist cemetery, 344 Te Ahu Ahu Rd in Waimate North.3,2,1
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S306] Cemetery Marker - , Waimate Nth Church cemetery.
  3. [S294] Filmed Manuscript - NZGS, Auckland, New Zealand, NZGS Microfilm Record: Extracts from Mission Records, Oct-Nov 1982 by Marion Wellington, Waitara. Film 466/82.
  4. [S265] Book - Edgar T. Jones, George & Martha Clarke Family Tree, p40.
  5. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence, Never married, no issue.
  6. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1890/3228, aged 60.

Mary Edith CLARKE1

(1888 - 1979)
Father*Marsden CLARKE1 b. 1837, d. 1889
Mother*Frances Emily STUART1 b. c 1855, d. 1925
Mary Edith SCOTT
(nee CLARKE)
(1888-1979)
Mary Edith CLARKE was born on 23 September 1888 in Waimate North, Northland.2,1,3

After the death of her father Marsden Clarke in 1889, the family went to live in Napier with their maternal grandfather, Edward Stuart, the bishop of Waiapu.

Mary Clarke had an 'ideal childhood', she and her sister sketchily supervised by an elderly nurse while their mother earned an income teaching music. Both girls became very good horsewomen. In 1900 Mary was sent as a boarder to Napier Girls' High School. After two years the Clarke fortunes improved, Frances Clarke gave up music teaching and the family moved to Auckland. Mary attended Auckland Grammar School, where her brother Edward had taken a job as junior master, then went to Auckland University College in 1905 to study English, French and History.

On graduation Mary Clarke took a job teaching at Gisborne High School, but after hearing she had won the John Tinline Scholarship in English she returned to Auckland in 1910 to study for an MA in English and French, eventually graduating with first-class honours. In 1911 she went teaching at Christchurch Technical College and began a lifelong association with her second cousin Marguerita Mulgan and her husband, Alan. After little more than a year in Christchurch she returned to Auckland to look after her brother, whose wife had just died, and began to study sciences, but soon accepted a position teaching English at Thames High School. At the end of the year she went on holiday with her brother to the South Island where she became possibly the first woman to climb the Remarkables.

In 1913 Frances Clarke, Mary's elder sister, married David Scott, a farmer; Mary and her mother went to Gisborne to stay with her, which is where she met her husband, brother of David.4

She married Walter SCOTT, son of George SCOTT and Kate (---?---), in Te Karaka on 12 October 1914.5,1,6,7

Immediately after their marriage the Scotts moved to a backblocks sheep farm, Strathallan, on the slopes of Pirongia Mountain in the King Country. They were joined shortly afterwards on the next-door farm by Frances and David Scott.

The Scotts farmed at Strathallan for 13 years in very primitive and isolated conditions, struggling with bush sickness (caused in livestock by a mineral deficiency of the soil) and natural disasters.8

In 1917 and 1918 there were two fires: the first destroyed their house and all their possessions, the second swept through the bush, burnt all the fences and new pastures and killed most of the stock.8

The Scotts reluctantly diversified into a small dairy herd, but this was not the answer to farming at Strathallan, and in 1927 they moved with their four children to a new farm at Ngutunui, nearer Te Awamutu.

Education was a considerable problem in such an isolated area. The two older children were sent to boarding school, but the legacy from a relative that allowed this ran out by the early 1930s. Mary took a job as a librarian in Te Awamutu; this provided a house to live in and she could send the two younger children to school in town. They returned to the farm on weekends.

In the late 1920s Mary Scott decided to start writing, sending articles and stories to magazines and newspapers. In 1930 she was the 'Annual Discovery' of the New Zealand Artists' Annual and about this time she began to contribute a weekly item to the Dunedin Evening Star, for which she was to write for almost 50 years. A series of amusing stories based on her life in the bush, beginning with 'Barbara bakes', became Scott's popular Barbara books. During her period at the Te Awamutu library she contributed 14 articles a month to various papers as well as writing her first two novels, published under the pseudonym Marten Stuart: 'Where the apple reddens' in 1934 and the following year 'And shadows flee'. These were historical romances set in the far north of early nineteenth century New Zealand. Her later novels, published under her own name and set in the contemporary King Country, were realistic and humorous. Scott said that she was the first woman to write about backblocks farming and she was probably also the first woman to write romantic comedies firmly grounded in New Zealand rural life. This lifted her novels from the category of mere romance, and she became widely read both in New Zealand and overseas.

Scott's first bestseller was 'Breakfast at six' (1953), which was reprinted six times in the three years after its publication. Until 1956 her novels were published in London, but from Families are fun by Paul's Book Arcade, Hamilton. Many of her books were translated and several were bestsellers in Germany. As well as five collections of Barbara stories, Scott wrote three collections of plays for country women's institutes; 33 novels, including five thrillers written with Joyce West; two novels as Marten Stuart; and a monograph under the pen-name J. Fiat. This prodigious output continued under the relentless labour of contributing regular articles to newspapers and journals such as the Manchester Guardian and the Evening Star. From 1953 she produced almost one novel a year until 1978.

In August 1958 the Scotts moved off their farm at Ngutunui and it was taken over by their son Stuart; they settled on a sheep farm at Arapuni. After Walter's death in March 1960, Mary Scott moved to Howick, and then lived with one of her daughters at Tirau. She died at Tokoroa on 16 July 1979.

Scott's autobiography, 'Days that have been' (1966), and her serious novel, 'The unwritten book '(1957), tell a grimmer story of life in the bush than her popular novels, but all her work stresses the value of bush community and explores the tensions between town and country. Scott often referred to her 'fatal facility', a term used of her writing by one of her university teachers, and her work was typecast as 'light'. But she represents something rare in New Zealand literature: a highly successful, prolific, comic and realistic woman writer.8

She died on 16 July 1979 in Tokoroa at age 90.5,1,9

Family

Walter SCOTT (1883 - 1960)
Children
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S291] Book - Dr Claudia Orange General Editor Dictionary of NZ Biography, Vol 4, 1998, Entry S14, p462.
  3. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1888/6589, and Death Reg. No. 1979/43442 gives this birthdate.
  4. [S291] Book - Dr Claudia Orange General Editor Dictionary of NZ Biography, Vol 4, 1998, updated 4 April 2003, URL: http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/.
  5. [S291] Book - Dr Claudia Orange General Editor Dictionary of NZ Biography, Vol 4, 1998, Entry S14, p463.
  6. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 7252.
  7. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Marriage Reg. No. 1914/3372.
  8. [S291] Book - Dr Claudia Orange General Editor Dictionary of NZ Biography, Vol 4, 1998.
  9. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1979/43442.

Mary Emily Watling CLARKE1

(1867 - 1941)
Father*Samuel Ludbrook CLARKE1 b. 1824, d. 1897
Mother*Mary Lee (Hannah) CHRISTOPHER1 b. 1826, d. 1903
Mary Emily Watling CLARKE was born in Matawhero on 2 August 1867. She was named Mary after her mother, and Emily Watling after a Mrs Watling2,1,3 and was baptised circa August 1867.2,1

She married John MARK in New Zealand in 1889.1,4,5

She died on 19 December 1941 at Selwyn St in Tauranga at age 74.2,1,6

Family

John MARK (1863 - 1949)
Children
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S265] Book - Edgar T. Jones, George & Martha Clarke Family Tree, p17.
  3. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1868/1774.
  4. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 157.
  5. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Marriage Reg. No. 1889/55.
  6. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1941/28835, aged 73.

Mary Grace CLARKE1

(1893 - 1979)
Father*George Arthur Edward CLARKE2 b. 1865, d. 1937
Mother*Kate RUMNEY2 b. 1870, d. 1931
Mary Grace CLARKE was born on 17 May 1893 in Hobart, Tasmania.2

She died on 10 July 1979 in Hobart, Tasmania, at age 86.2 She was cremated on 12 July 1979 in Hobart.1
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S686] Tasmanian Southern Cemeteries database, at http://www.millingtons.com.au/index.html, Service C12588.
  2. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.

Mary Lavinia CLARKE1

(1913 - 1994)
Father*Frederick James CLARKE2 b. 1873, d. 1950
Mother*Lavinia MAYALL2 b. 1882, d. 1944
Mary Lavinia CLARKE was born on 3 January 1913 in Manchester, Lancashire.3

She married Clifford Vivian JACKSON in Onehunga on 4 February 1945.2,4

She died in 1994 in New Zealand.1

Family

Clifford Vivian JACKSON (1913 - 2003)
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1994/32753.
  2. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  3. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1994/32753 gives this birthdate.
  4. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 455.

Nellie CLARKE1

(1907 - 1968)
Father*Frederick James CLARKE1 b. 1873, d. 1950
Mother*Lavinia MAYALL1 b. 1882, d. 1944
Nellie CLARKE was born in Manchester, Lancashire, on 11 June 1907.1,2

She married Richard Joseph Bland CAINES in Onehunga on 20 April 1935.1,3

She died on 7 June 1968 in Onehunga at age 60.1,4

Family

Richard Joseph Bland CAINES (1909 - 1975)
Child
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S190] Index - GRO and Office of National Statistics, England & Wales Civil Registration Indexes, Birth: District of Manchester, Vol 8d, p304, 2Q1907, mother's maiden name MAYALL.
  3. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 2604.
  4. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1968/32343.

Rebe Hazeldine CLARKE1

(1893 - 1945)
Father*Thomas Henry CLARKE1 b. 1861, d. 1930
Mother*Charlotte Jemima REYNOLDS1 b. 1858, d. 1950
Rebe Hazeldine CLARKE was born in 1893 in New Zealand.2

She married John Everard ARMSTRONG in New Zealand in 1915.1,3,4

She died in 1945 in New Zealand.5

Family

John Everard ARMSTRONG (1889 - 1959)
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1893/9568.
  3. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 7649.
  4. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Marriage Reg. No. 1915/5364.
  5. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1945/21696, aged 52.