(Rice) Owen Clark I (1816-1896), Marge’s great grandfather, immigrated to New Zealand from England in 1841. In 1854 he bought some land in Hobsonville and “[i]n 1862 he established the field tile industry [used for drainage in agriculture], which under his guidance and that of his son R O Clark II and grandsons Thomas Edwin, and latterly under his great grandsons Malcolm and Thomas Edwin II, was to grown into the firm known as Ceramco" (p.20, 'The Clark Family History').
|Ref: JTD-11G-04973-1, cutting off field tiles by machine, 1957, West Auckland Research Centre|
|Ref: JTD-11G-03432, flower pot for hanging on wall, 1967, West Auckland Research Centre|
- 'The Gardners of Mataia, Glorit and New Lynn', by Athol J. McD. Miller (1983)
- 'Landscape of my heart: the Bethells and their neighbours' by Mary D. Woodward (2004)
- 'The Bethells of Te Henga' by Mary D Woodward (1988)
- 'Crown Lynn: a New Zealand icon' by Valerie Ringer Monk (2006)
- 'Town and Country Roadhouse Lunch' from the 'Slow Food Waitakere' blog post, July 2009.
- ‘Looking back at Oratia’s Roadhouse’ Western Leader, 24 March, 2009: p. 4.You can also read the full article online here.
- ‘Taking care of our history’ by Stephen Forbes Western Leader 2007: Thursday Jan 4 2007 p4-5
Author: Carolyn Skelton, West Auckland Research Centre