Topic: Elizabeth Anne Clark (nee Brownlie) (1852-1933)

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The Brownlie family emigrated to New Zealand aboard the 'Mary Shepard' in 1864 and came to live in Tauranga. Elizabeth carried vivid memories of the New Zealand Wars time period in Tauranga and along with her relatives used to shelter at night in Tauranga's Monmouth Redoubt. The information in this article was compiled by her descendant, Lisa Clark.

Elizabeth Anne Brownlie (1852-1933)

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Elizabeth Anne Brownlie was born in Lawrence, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA on 12 September 1852. Her parents were John and Elizabeth Smith Brownlie (nee Cunningham) who married in Garnethill, Glasgow, Scotland, on 13 October 1847. After the death of their daughter Eliza they emigrated to Winconsin, USA.

The Brownlie family returned to Scotland in 1854 when Elizabeth was two years old. They remained in Glasgow for the next ten years until the death of another child which prompted them to emigrated to New Zealand where John Brownlie's uncle had a sheep farm. In 1864 the Brownlie family arrived in New Zealand aboard the 'Mary Shepard' and came to live in Tauranga. Elizabeth carried vivid memories of the New Zealand Wars time period in Tauranga and along with her relatives used to shelter at night in Tauranga's Monmouth Redoubt. Her father, John Brownlie, served in the Waikato First Regiment

Elizabeth married John Angus Clark at Tauranga's Old Mission Chapel on 19 October 1875 (reg. 1875/3078). They were married by Cannon Jordan. Elizabeth's sister, Agnes Brown, married George Whitcombe, owner of Tauranga's Masonic Hotel. The children of John and Elizabeth:

  1. John Archibald Clark (1876-1911). Born in Parnell, Auckland, on 27 August 1876, but grew up in Tauranga. He was called 'Trooper Jack' for his service during the Boer War. After returning to New Zealand he decided to pursue mining interests in Johannesburg. He applied for and received a position in the Gold Mines Dept. He also shipped and sold flowering trees from Australia to Pretoria, and from South Africa to New Zealand. John died on 21 May 1911 in a goldmine in Johannesburg, South Africa. 'Whilst working in the South Rose shaft, 3000 feet deep, near Grimston, a terrific storm passed over, and the water got backed up and eventually broke into the shaft,filling it to a depth of 70 feet. Out of 57 hands working in the shaft 53 were killed.' [see also Bay Of Plenty Times, 7 July 1911, p. 2).
  2. James Henry Clark (1878-1912). Born in Parnell, Auckland, on 19 July 1878. James worked as a reporter for the Bay of Plenty Times. He died in 1912 in Sydney, Australia (Homicide). 
  3. Andrew Hugh Clark (1879-1959). Born at the Junction Hotel in Katikati on 22 November 1879. He married Agnes Nicholson McRae (1895-1982) in St James Church in Waihi. Andrew died on 3 May 1959 in Mount Albert, Auckland.
  4. Annie Amy Clark (1882-1919). Born in Edgecumbe Road, Tauranga on 21 March 1882 in Tauranga. Annie was the Honorary Secretary of the Tauranga Auxilliary, New Zealand, N.I. Mission in New Zealand, and worked tirelessly in the cause of lepers. She died on 12 June 1919 during the Influenza Pandemic. Her death notice appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times: CLARK. On June 12th 1919 at Auckland, after a short illness, Annie Amy, eldest daughter of Elizabeth and the late John A Clark, aged 36 years (13 June 1919, p. 2). Annie's cousin Eva Clark Nicholson also died in the Influenza Pandemic.
  5. Harold Clark (1884-1963). Born in Tauranga on 21 June 1884. Harold was wounded during World War I. He died on 22 May 1963 in Mount Albert, Auckland. 
  6. Angus Stanley Clark (1886-1950). Born in Tauranga on 31 August 1886. Angus was an accountant and agent for the New Zealand Insurance Company. He married Helen Winifred Adams (1886-1954) in Tauranga on 22 September 1909. He died on 2 October 1950 in Christchurch. 
  7. Agnes Elsie Clark (1888-1943). Born in Edgecumbe Road, Tauranga on 2 December 1888. She married Arnold Hugh Foxcroft (1884-1948) at Bay View Villa in Tauranga in September 1914. She died, aged 54, on 12 February 1943 in Greenlane, Auckland and was buried in Hillsborough Cemetery.
  8. Leslie Harvey Clark (1891-1915). Born in Tauranga on 17 March 1891  (reg. 1891/1552). He died during World War I on 8 August 1915 at Sari Bair Heights, Gallipoli, Turkey.
  9. Maggie Gwendoline Clark (1893-1977). Born in Edgecumbe Road, Tauranga on 9 May 1893. She worked in Tauranga's Baptist Sunday School. Two years after her elder sister Agnes died, Maggie married her widower, Arnold Hugh Foxcroft (1884-1948) in Auckland on 27 February 1945. She died, aged 84, on 16 October 1977 in Mount Albert, Auckland and was buried in Hillsborough Cemetery.
  10. George Victor Clark (1897-1960). Born in Tauranga on 2 October 1897. He was a Machine Gunner and Bugler during World War I. George died on 1 December 1960 in Beachlands, Howick, Auckland.

Elizabeth died at Tauranga on 6 February 1933. Her obituary appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times: Elizabeth Ann Clark in her 81st year, at Edgecombe Rd. Tauranga. 6th Feb 1933.

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Elizabeth Anne Clark (nee Brownlie) (1852-1933)

First Names:Elizabeth Anne
Last Name:Brownlie
Date of Birth:12 September 1852
Place of Birth:Lawrence, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Country of birth:USA
Date of death:6 February 1933
Place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Place of burial:Tauranga Presbyterian Cemetery
Date of Arrival:1864
Name of the ship:Mary Shepard
Place of settlement in Bay of Plenty:Tauranga, New Zealand
Spouses name:John Angus Clark
Spouses date of birth:29 March 1847
Spouses place of birth:Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Spouses date of death:12 May 1912
Spouses place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Date of marriage:19 October 1875
Place of marriage:Old Mission Chapel, Tauranga
Fathers name:John Brownlie
Fathers date of birth:8 September 1815
Fathers place of birth:Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
Fathers date of death:11 December 1907
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Elizabeth Smith Cunningham
Mothers date of birth:1829
Mothers place of birth:Edinburgh, Scotland
Mothers date of death:29 November 1890
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand