Explore the collection at Clendon House

Clendon House remained in family hands until being taken over by Heritage New Zealand in 1972; before which it was owned firstly by James Reddy Clendon, then his son George, and later grandson Trevor Millar.  This continuity has meant that the contents are believed to be largely original and therefore work in tandem with the property to create a visitor experience of considerable integrity and authenticity.

Warming plate
Keeping the dinner warm was easily solved at Clendon Houseexpand/collapse

Clendon House contains in general items in keeping with Victorian domestic dwellings.  In keeping with the roles of the Clendon family within Rawene and the Hokianga as  magistrates, insurance agents, Native Land Court magistrates, Native Interpreters, customs rights holders and as runners of a general store from the site, Clendon House holds a large number of paper records relating to trade and administration.  These are of particular note in the history of the administration of the Hokianga Harbour, particularly as many local records were lost in a fire in the local council buildings.

The collection of family photographs, postcards and greetings cards is also of considerable significance. Other documents speak of Rawene’s flourishing social life – the collection contains numerous agricultural and pastoral show certificates, dance cards, ball notices and concert tickets.  

Pictured here is a food warming plate.  In the rim of the plate is a hole with a cork stopper where hot water – heated by a fire or on the open range – was poured in order to heat the plate, thus keeping the food warm.  This plate, made by Hope & Carter, an English pottery firm, was manufactured between 1862 and 1880. The plate features the popular blue and white colouring and is patterned with the ‘Chain’ pattern.

Please note that due to conservation reasons not all objects may be on public display at any one time.  If you are interested in viewing an item, please contact the Property Manager.  

Heritage New Zealand manages its collection of historic objects in its properties from a central database.  You can find out more about the how the Heritage New Zealand collection is managed, including donating items on this website.

To see further highlights from the collection online, search for Clendon House at New Zealand Museums