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Capt Hugh Clark
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Birth: Jul. 24, 1812
Inverclyde, Scotland
Death: Jul. 28, 1857
Pitt Island
Chatham Islands Unitary Authority
Chatham Islands Territory, New Zealand

Born in West Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland.
Father: Archibald Hugh CLARK, Sr.
b: 26 DEC 1784 in Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland
(son of John CLARKE and Isobel CRAWFORD)
Mother: Janet BLACK
b: 07 MAY 1786 in Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland. (dau. of John BLACK)
Married: 17 MAY 1806 in Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland

Hugh CLARK went to sea as a cabin boy age 16, in 1828.
Married: Jane Jean McARTNEY
b: 28 OCT 1822 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland
Married: 22 MAY 1843 in St. Paul's Church, Point Britomart, Auckland, NZ
John McFarlane was witness.

Early history: This Master Mariner arrived on the ship "City of Edinburgh " from Luth, 16 Aug 1829 to Hobart, Tasmania. The vessel belonged to Australia Co. D.McKeller, Commander. (Info from Principal Archivist, Archive Office of Tasmania, Murray St., Hobart 7000, Tasmania) Master of the ship "Mary Ann" from 27 Aug 1839 to 29 Apr 1840. Master and owner of the 'Helen' from 28 Nov 1854.

Purchased allotment in Melville St., Hobart 19 Dec 1844.
Master of the "Sisters" 30 Dec 1840. Became sole owner Feb 1849. Master and part owner of the "Julia" 11 Nov 1846. The vessel was lost after 8 May 1852. Master of the "Panama" 22 Oct 1852 to 25 April 1853. Master and 1/3 owner of the "Munford" from 17 May 1854.
Capt. Hugh Clark first imported the Blue gum trees from Australia into New Zealand, 1848. (I have the shipping records) He took goldminers to San Franscico from 5 March 1850 on the ship "Sisters" and in the "Helen" in April 1851, by way of Hawaii. He took goldminers to the Port Phillip Gold Fields of Australia from March 1852.

Oct 1844 he bought one hundred acres from George Hart, at Epsom, Auckland, which is today the famous Cornwall Park, One Tree Hill, presented to the citizens of Auckland by Sir John Logan Campbell in 1901, who had acquired it in 1872.
6 Nov 1849 and 5 Nov 1853 he bought Two Crown Grants on Herald Island, County of Eden, Auckland, were conveyed to Hugh Clark for the sum of 800 pounds. The two sections were 20 acres and 80 acres, the whole of Herald Island. He intended to retire there. (Sold by John Angus Clark 16 May 1873 to Henry Stubbings) Bought Jan 1853 area of 1 Rood, 32 perches on the lower end of Cook St. at junction with Union St, Auckland granted for one hundred pounds (together with John McFarlane) This allotment conveyed to John Angus Clark Dec. 1875.
25 July 1854 for 50 pounds sterling he was granted one hundred and ten acres of the Waipareira Grant, Allotment 28, Situated at Kumeu Creek, County of Eden. 17 Mar 1855 he bought on Norman Hills Road, Onehunga, County of Eden, a section overlooking harbour. (sold to George Codlin 1872 by John Angus).

Capt Hugh Clark wanted to retire on Herald Island, which he had bought for 800 pounds, then called "Pine Island".
He drowned in Waihere Bay, Pitt Island, Chattam Islands, 28th July 1857 when his ship 'Helen' wrecked with loss of nine lives. Fierce Hurricane arose, The Helen had whale oil and 650 British pounds sterling on board, was trading for oats, potatoes and wheat flour. Captain Hugh took the vessel to the west side of Pitt Island to shelter in a cove and ride out the storm. First big wave swept Hugh, wife, daughter Annie and crew off the deck, snapped the masts. Second wave broke the ship in two. All bodies recovered except for Captain's wife, Jean Clark. The 3 surviving crew had been blown from mast onto the cliff face, where they clung until rescued next day.
Mr Hunt and his two sons saved the three survivors, who were James Dixon, Henry Twoomey and an unnamed Kanaka lad clinging to the cliff rocks and took them to his house. They were treated kindly, and returned later to Lyttleton, NZ on board the 'Esther' with Capt Blair. Mr Hunt picked up the bodies of the dead and decently interred them. Captain Hugh Clark, Annie Clark and First Mate John White were buried near the Hunts' own family plot. Seaman John Jenkins, Fredrick Ruckart, Benjamin Dawson, William Park, and John Merray were buried closer to the cliff of Waihere Bay overlooking the scene of the tragedy.

First recorded deaths in the Chattam Islands. The three rescued crew members told the tale to the newspapers then and books, the story still being published 50 years later.

Ann (Annie) CLARK
b: 07 MAY 1844 in Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia
d: 28 JUL 1857 in Waihere Bay, Pitt Island, Chattam Islands, New Zealand

Archibald Hugh CLARK
b: 08 SEP 1845 in Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia
d: 19 OCT 1918 in Waihi, Waikato, New Zealand
Marriage; Agnes Mary Wilson WARING
b: 18 MAR 1859 in Preston, Lancashire, England
d: 15 SEP 1936 in Auckland, New Zealand
Married: 17 JUL 1879 in Katikati Junction Hotel, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

John Angus CLARK***
b: 29 MAR 1847 in Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia
d: 12 MAY 1912 in Tauranga, B.O.P., New Zealand
Marriage: Elizabeth Anne BROWNLIE**
b: 12 SEP 1852 in Lawrence Town, Greenbay, WI, USA
d: 06 FEB 1933 in Tauranga, B.O.P., New Zealand
Married: 19 OCT 1875 in Old Mission Chapel, Tauranga, NZ.

James David CLARK
b: 20 SEP 1849 in Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia
d: 24 DEC 1875 in Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
Family links: 
  Jane Jean McArtney Clark (1822 - 1857)*
  Ann Clark (1844 - 1857)*
  Archibald Hugh Clark (1845 - 1918)*
  John Angus Clark (1847 - 1912)*
  James David Clark (1849 - 1875)*
*Calculated relationship
Pitt Island
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Created by: Lisa Clark
Record added: Dec 25, 2012
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Capt Hugh Clark
Added by: Lisa Clark
Capt Hugh Clark
Added by: Lisa Clark
Capt Hugh Clark
Added by: Lisa Clark
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Rest in Peace, Captain Hugh Clark, we just visited your grave on Pitt Island, Chathams and stayed with the descendants of Mr. Hunt.
- Lisa Clark
 Added: Jul. 10, 2014
In Remembrance and Honor of a brave Sea Captain and ancestor of the Clark Clan in New Zealand.
- Lisa Clark
 Added: Dec. 25, 2012

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