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Clendon House

Clendon House, unpretentious in design, displays the dignity of a house suited to Captain James Reddy Clendon's high public position.

The house – completed in 1869 – is rectangular, with a high pitched roof and central dormer gable. The lower storey has a recessed porch with four simple porch posts and rooms on either end.

Captain Clendon was in the thick of the earliest Māori and Pakeha interaction. He was a witness to New Zealand’s Declaration of Independence in 1835, the first United States Consul in 1838, a witness to the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and a member of the first Legislative Council.

Following Clendon’s death in 1872, his wife Jane (who was of Hokianga Māori descent) was left with huge debts and eight children. Fortunately, Jane and her family managed to keep home, family and possessions together.

The house remained in the possession of the Clendon family till 1972 when it and the contents were purchased by the NZHPT for visitors to relive a fascinating part of New Zealand history.

Collection Type
Historic Site

Contact Details
Postal address icon14 Parnell Street, Rawene
Telephone number icon64-9-405 7874
Web address iconhttp://www.heritage.org.nz/places/places-to-visit/northland-region/clendon-house
Email address iconclendon@heritage.org.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address iconClendon Esplanade, Rawene, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconSaturday & Sunday, November to April; closed Christmas Day 10.00am - 4.00pm 10.00am - 4.00pm Summer and Easter school holidays: Thursday-Monday; Winter school holidays: Saturday & Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Charges icon$10 adults Accompanied children: Free. Unaccompanied children: $3.50 Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.

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Certificate [Frances Louisa Clendon]; Hokianga Horticultural Show; 27 December 1886; XCH.1744Commemorative certificate [Coronation of King Edward VII]; Government of New Zealand; 1902; XCH.1659
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Shoes; XEC.63.2Upright piano; John Brinsmead & Sons Ltd. (estab. 1836, closed 1920); c. 1880; XCH.198Floral spray; XEC.63.3Wedding gown; XCH.63.1
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Book, Book, 'The Poetical Works of Henry W. Longfellow'; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), William M. Rossetti (1829-1919)Book, 'My Poetry Book'; Religious Tract Society (estab. 1799); XCH.263Book, 'My Friends and Acquaintances: Being Memorials, Mind-Portraits, and Personal Recollections of Deceased Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century: Volume One'; P. G. Patmore; 1854; XCH.276Book, 'My Friends and Acquaintances: Being Memorials, Mind-Portraits, and Personal Recollections of Deceased Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century: Volume Two'; P. G. Patmore; 1854; XCH.277
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Photograph [Marion Millar]; Schmidt Studios; c. 1910; XCH.1473Photograph [Jane Clendon holding a baby]; 1856-1872; XCH.203Photograph; XCH.1185Photograph; c. 1898; XCH.1222Photograph; Gaze & Co.; c. 1910-1930s; XCH.1227

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