Dating from the early 1860s, Clendon House reflects James’ standing in the community. But it’s the story of the impressive Jane Clendon, of Hokianga Māori and Irish descent, that the handsome kauri dwelling best tells. Only 17 when she married her 56-year-old husband. Wandering through you’ll see some of the Clendon’s original 19th Century furnishings and domestic items, along with social memorabilia – dance cards, ball notices and the like – art and photographs collected over many decades.
Clendon House is idenitified as a Tohu Whenua heritage site. Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences. See more on the Tohu Whenua website.
Suffrage Stories | Jane Clendon
Jane Takotowi Cochrane was the daughter of Te Whata, a Rangatira of Mangamuka and Northland trader Dennis Cochrane. She grew to be an accomplished young woman who operated confidently in both Māori and Pākehā society.
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