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A short history of Cambria Park

Jenny Clark

Abstract: A short history of Cambria Park, an historic homestead dating from the 1880s in Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe, currently tenanted by Age Concern Counties-Manukau.

Jenny Clark About the author: Jennifer (Jenny) Clark is an inaugural and life member of the Papatoetoe Historical Society. She has written two books for the society, Cameos of Papatoetoe Women (1996) and East Tamaki (2002). She has also collaborated on two Anglican church histories, We Build Forever: St David’s Church, Wiri (2005) and History of the Church of St George the Martyr, Papatoetoe (2006). She currently edits the society’s newsletter and is engaged in researching a history of Wiri. Jenny has lived in Manukau City most of her life. She works in the not-for-profit sector and has extensive networks throughout the community.

 

 

The origin of Cambria Park

The site of ‘Cambria Park’ was originally part of the Clendon Grant, a 10,000-acre block given by the Government to the trader James Reddy Clendon in 1840, in partial compensation for land at Okiato in the Bay of Islands, which was to be used for the establishment of New Zealand’s capital. Clendon never settled on the land, but sold it off or mortgaged it.

In April 1845 the merchant Thomas McLaughlin purchased 2846 acres in the northern part of the Clendon Grant. (His son William McLaughlin later built a large house known as ‘Puhi Nui’ on the property.) In June 1884 Norman McDonald purchased a 176-acre portion of the McLaughlin estate. His land was defined by the Puhinui stream, the then-unformed Puhinui and Roscommon roads, and the railway line. McDonald built a kauri homestead, and planted an extensive orchard of apples, pears and plums, and may have planted some of the camellias which can be seen today in the triangular shaped garden bordered by the driveway.

Cambria Park homestead before alterations. (Courtesy of the Price family)

Cambria Park homestead before alterations. (Courtesy of the Price family)

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