Person Index

Clere, Frederick De Jersey

Frederick De Jersey Clere
b: 1856
d: 13 AUG 1952
Record Title : Clere, Frederick de Jersey, 1856-1952
Display Dates : 1883, 1970
Reference Number : MS-Papers-0668
Issue Restriction : Not restricted
Collection Status : COLLECTION
Issue Status : Issuable ITEM
Linear Metres : 0.01
Quantity : 1 folder(s) (4 pieces)
Scope and Contents : Two letters (21 Aug, 9 Nov 1883), from Rev Joshua Jones to Clere concerning church affairs and churchmen in the Feilding area. Also includes a history by Clere of the first Anglican parsonage in Lower Hutt, later a private home owned by him, The Glebe, with a photograph of it.
Arrangement : Photograph of the `Glebe'' homested, Lower Hutt in Turnbull Library Pictures, Ref 51292 1/2
Child Records : Go To Child Records
Names : Clere, Frederick de Jersey, 1856-1952 (Creator)
Jones, Joshua (Rev), 1845-1918 (Contributor)
The Glebe (Homestead. Lower Hutt, N.Z.) (Subject)
Subjects : Anglican Communion - New Zealand - Wellington Region
Anglican Communion - New Zealand - Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Dwellings - New Zealand - Wellington Region
Religious dwellings
Places : Feilding
Lower Hutt
Record Types : Personal records Correspondence
Graphic records Photographs
General records Research notes
Graphic records Architectural plans
General Notes : Donor/vendor - Gift of Mr F T Clere, Cheviot Road, Lowry Bay, 8 May 1970
Institution : Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand
from web site,7 Accessed: 30 May 2011

Record Title : Clere, F T
Photograph of Glebe House, Lower Hutt
Reference Number : PAColl-4057
Quantity : 1 b&w original photographic print(s)
Collection Status : COLLECTION
Collection Arrangement : Negative catalogued at 1/2-051292
Names : Clere, Frederick Temple, 1890-1976 (Creator)
Place : Lower Hutt
from web site,1 Accessed: 30 May 2011

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Free BMD Records show Date Birth Registered: March 1856, District: Todmorden, Frederick De Jersey Clere, Volume: 9a, Page: 192
- The district Todmorden spans the boundaries of the counties of Lancashire, West Riding of Yorkshire and West Yorkshire

Evening Post 21 November 1877
The New Zealand Shipping Company''s ship Hurunui, which left London on the 5th September for Wellington, brings the following passengers:- Saloon - Rev. H. Clere, Mrs. Clere, Miss Martha Clere, Mr. F. Clere, Miss Harriet (sic) Clere, Miss Katherine (sic) Clere,

Evening Post 21 March 1879
F. DE J. CLERE, Architect, Offices, Grey-street.

Manawatu Times 2 January 1883
Agent for the Colonial Fire and Marine Insurance Company, and National Mutual Life Association of Australasia.

Evening Post 4 January 1883
As some enquiries have been made in reference to the delay in commencing the building of the Johnsonville Church, it may be of interest to explain that when the tenders sent in for carrying out the plan prepared by Mr. Clere were opened, it was found that one was for £1000 and the other for £780. As the committee had only about £300, both these tenders were clearly not to be thought of, and Mr. Clere has consequently been asked to modify his plans so as to bring the building more within the means available. When this is done, fresh tenders will be invited.

Feilding Star 6 January 1883
We hare seen the plans of the dwelling house and shop prepared by Mr Clere, architect, for Mr Svendsen, bootmaker, the contract for erecting which has been taken by Messrs Berry and Heale, of Feilding. The site of the building is next to the Buckingham Palace, Confectionery Warehouse, owned by Mr Pollock, in Manchester-street. The front elevation is 18 feet high, and will present a very attractive appearance, besides being a great improvement to that portion of Manchester-street. The shop windows will be of the best plate glass, full size, while 28 feet is the frontage occupied, and the building runs back 36 feet The shop and private rooms are large and commodious. The contract is to be completed in about two months.

Feilding Star 13 January 1883
We have much pleasure in recording the election of Mr F. de J. Clere as an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The election took place at the Institutes'' rooms in London on the 6th of November last.

Evening Post 15 January 1883
By the last mail we learn that the Royal Institute of British Architects has added the name of Mr. F. de J. Clere, of Feilding, to its list of Associates. H.R.H. the Prince of Wales has recently accepted the position of an Honorary Fellow of this institution.

Taranaki Herald 17 January 1883
Mr. Frederick de Jersey Clere, of Fielding (son of Rev. Henry Clere, of this town), was at the last meeting of the Institute of British Architects elected an Associate of that important Society. Mr. Clere was formerly a pupil of the eminent ecclesiastical architect, Mr. Edmund Scott.

Evening Post 25 January 1883
Modified plans for the Johnsonville church have been prepared by Mr. F. de J. Clere, A.R.I.B.A., and approved by the trustees. The work, we are informed, will be commenced forthwith. The new church is to be a neat wooden structure, consisting of a nave 36ft long by 18ft wide, a chancel 12ft 6in by 16ft, a vestry attached to the latter, and a porch. The tower originally designed in the first plan is dispensed with, the new structure being ornamented by a simple bellcote. The church is to seat 125 persons — 101 in the nave and 24 in the choir. Services are at present being held in the Town Hall, the use of which has kindly been given gratis. Last Sunday the services were conducted by the Rev. H. Vere White, of Greytown. There were large congregations, and the reverend gentleman''s discourses were greatly appreciated.

Evening Post 29 January 1883
TENDERS are invited until Noon of MONDAY, the 12th February, for the erection of a Church at Johnsonville. Plans and specifications may be seen at the office of C. P. Powles, Esq., Willis-street.
The lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted.

Manawatu Standard 30 January 1883
We are informed that Mr F. de J. Clere, of Feilding, is about to join partnership with Mr A. Atkins, C.E., of Wanganui.

Feilding Star 31 January 1883
Mr Walter Watts is the sucessful tenderer for Mr W. F. Jacob''s House in the Kiwitea. Mr F. de J. Clere, A.R.I.B.A., is the architect.

Evening Post 2 February 1883
The regular monthly meeting of the Standing Committee of the Wellington Diocesan Synod was held yesterday afternoon. Present - The Bishop (President), Archdeacon Stock, Revs. R. J. Thorpe, R. Coffey, T. Fancourt, Hon. C. J. Pharazyn, Messrs. Powles, France, Quick, and Rous Marten. The first business was the adjourned motion for appoimtment of a Diocesan architect. The Rev Mr. Coffy moved that Mr. F. De J. Clere be appointed, and after a lengthened discussion this was carried.

Marriage Details
1883/1244, Bride: Mary Goodbehere, Groom: Frederick de Jersey Clere - Date of Marriage 13/4/1883 (sic) from Marriage Registration

Wanganui Herald 19 April 1883
CLERE - GOODBEHERE.- On April 18 (hard to read), at St John''s Church, Feilding, by the Rev. J. Jones, Frederick de Jersey Clere, youngest son of the Rev. Henry Clere, Vicar of Tickenham, Somerset, to Mary, youngest daughter of Samuel Goodbehere, Esq., of Feilding, and late of Hall Green, Worcestershire.

Feilding Star 19 April 1883
At St. John''s Church, yesterday morning, the marriage of Mr F. de. J. Clere to Miss Mary Goodbehere, took place. The Rev Joshua Jones was the officiafcing clergyman. At about 10 o''clock the friends of the contracting parties began to assemble in the church, and at half-past ten the building was densely crowded. Precisely at half-past ten the bridal party met at the altar. The bride was attended by eight bridesmaids, viz., Miss Clere, a sister of the bridegroom, three sisters of the bride, two Misses Fry, and two Misses Beattie. The bridegroom was attended by Mr Edmund Goodbehere, Mr F. Goodbehere, Mr Turner, and Mr Richardson. Mr S. Goodbehere, the father of the bride, gave her away. The following is a description of the dresses worn by the bride and bridesmaids The bride''s dress was made of cream Indian muslin, trimmed with cream lace, with three kiltings at the bottom. Her veil consisted of white tulle with orange blossoms. The Misses Goodbehere and Miss Clere were dressed in light blue oatmeal cloth, with caps to match. The four young girls, were dressed in creamy blue oatmeal cloth, and wore hats. When leaving the church a number of children cast quantities of flowers before the bride and bridegroom. The happy pair left by carriage for the north in the afternoon, taking with them the good wishes of a host of friends. The ceremony was celebrated last evening, at the house of Mr S. Goodbehere, by a ball.

Death Details
1904/3158, Mary Clere, Aged: 47Y - Date of Death 7/4/1904 (sic) from Death Registration

Hutt Valley Cemetery Record Mary Clere, Date: 7/4/1904, Christ Church Anglican, Taita, Burial & Monumental Inscriptions, Reference: 103

Feidling Star 8 April 1904
CLERE.- On April 8th, at the Hutt, Wellington, Mary, wife of F. de J. Clere.
The many friends of the family will regret to hear of the death of Mrs F. de J. Clere a daughter of the late Samuel Goodbehere — which took place at the Hutt this morning, after a long illness. We most sincerely sympathise with the bereaved husband and relatives. The deceased lady was highly and deservedly esteemed by a very large circle of friends. A widower and five children are left to mourn the loss of a kind wife and loving mother.

Wairarapa Daily Times 8 April 1904
The friends of Mr F. de J. Clere, architect, of Wellington, will regret to learn of the death of his wife, which occurred yesterday at Blackbridge. The late Mrs Clere was a sister of Mr E. Goodbehere, solicitor, of Feilding.

Wanganui Chronicle 11 April 1904
The many friends of the family will regret to hear of the death of Mrs. F. de J. Clere, a daughter of the late Mr. S. Godbehere, which took place at the Hutt, Wellington, on Friday last. Mr. F. de Clere was for some time in partnership with Mr. A. Atkins, the well known architect.

2nd Marriage Details
1905/3687, Bride: Elizabeth Johnston Ingles, Groom: Frederick de Jersey Clere - Date of Marriage 17/10/1905 from Marriage Registration

Evening Post 18 October 1905
CLERE - INGLES.- On the 17th October, at St. Paul''s Pro-Cathedral, Wellington, by the Rev. T. H. Sprott, vicar, assisted by the Rev. J. Jones, vicar of the Lower Hutt, Frederick de Jersey Clere, second son of the late Rev. Henry Clere, vicar of Tickenham, Somersetshire, to Elizabeth Johnston (sic), second daughter of the late Henry Anthony Ingles, Esq., of Kaikoura, Marlborough.

Evening Post 16 May 1909
On Saturday afternoon the new Anglican Church at Eastbourne was opened by Rev. Joshua Jones. Despite the exceedingly unpropitious weather there was a large attendance at the ceremony. At 3.30 a procession entered the building. The choir followed, then the clergy, and finally the vicar (Rev. J. Jones).
The service was the ordinary evening liturgy, with the addition of some prayers suitable to the occasion. Three special psalms were given. The service was taken by the Rev. W. Fancourt (St. Hilda''s, Island Bay), Rev. G. P. Davys (St. Peter''s, Wellington), Rev. J. D. Russell (St. Augustine''s, Petone), and the Rev. J. Sykes (Upper Hutt). The vicar, in an address, traced the development of the church in Eastbourne and in the Hutt district generally. A year ago hardly more than a dozen worshippers met in the schoolroom for worship. To-day the congregation numbered between forty and fifty. Mr. Shortt officiated at the organ. After the ceremony the visitors were entertained at tea at Mr. Fraser Shortt''s house.
The church is of Gothic design, and constructed of camerated concrete walls, rough cast, with an asbestos slated roof. Inside, the structural timbers are of oiled jarrah, while the furniture is of specially selected red pine. Mr. F. de J. Clere is the architect, and Mr. W. H. Nimmo the general contractor.

Death Details
1920/7609, Elizabeth Johnston (sic) Clere, Aged: 42Y - Date of Death 9/9/1920 from Death Registration

Karori Cemetery
Last Name: CLERE
Age: 42
Deceased Date: 00-00-0000
Service Date: 10-09-1920
Service Provided: Burial
Cemetery: Karori
Section: CH ENG2
Plot Number: 146 F
Record Number: 60251

Evening Post 9 September 1920
CLERE.- On the 9th September, 1920, at Seatoun, Elizabeth Johnstone, the beloved wife of F. de J. Clere. (Private interment).

Probate Elizabeth Johnstone (sic) Clere, Place: Wellington, Occ: Married Woman, AAOM 6029 29885, Filed: 5/10/1920, Will, Archives NZ, Wellington

Evening Post 10 December 1920
MR. CLERE''S House in Ludlam-st., Seatoun, has been sold

Death Details
1952/25404, Frederick de Jersey Clere, Aged: 96Y - Date of Death 13/8/1952 from Death Registration

Hutt Valley Cemetery Record Frederick de Jersey Clere, Date: 13/8/1952, Christ Church Anglican, Taita, Monumental Inscriptions, Reference: 103

Evening Post 14 August 1952
CLERE.- On August 13, 1952, at his residence, 71 Bolton St., Wellington, Frederick de Jersey Clere; aged 96 years. Private interment.
Mr. F de J. Clere
The death occurred last night at his residence in Bolton Street of Mr Frederick de Jersey Clere, at the age of 96.
Born at Walsden, Lancashire, on January 7, 1856, the son of the Rev. Henry Clere, Mr. Clere was educated at St. John''s Clapton, (since removed to Leatherhead), a school for the sons of the Church of England clergy. On leaving school he was articled to Mr. Edmund Scott, an ecclesiastical architect of repute, and afterwards became chief assistant to Mr. R. J. Withers, of London.
Coming to New Zealand in 1877, Mr. Clere practised his profession in Feilding, which has just been opened up for settlement and in Wanganui, where he was architect to the Wanganui Education Board from 1883 - 1888. Returning to Wellington, he continued in practice in this city (except for a short break, while he was in England in 1900 - 1901) until he retired in 1946, after reaching his ninetieth year.
Mr. Clere was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1886 and for more than 50 years held office as one of the four honorary secretaries of the institute throughout the Empire. At the time of his election he was probably the youngest Fellow, and before his retirement he became the oldest practising member of the institute in the world. He also took an active part in the formation of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, on the council of which he served for a number of years.
Being trained in ecclesiastical architecture a good deal of his work was in connection with churches, of which he designed more than 100 during his long life. In 1883 he was appointed Wellington Diocesan Architect and among the larger and more important Anglican churches, and those constructed more recently in permanent materials and designed by him, were All Saints'', Kilbirnie and All Saints'', Palmerston North, St. Matthew''s, Hastings, St. Mary''s, Karori, and those at Eastbourne, Johnsonville, Khandallah and Lyall Bay. He was also architect for the Presbyterian Churches of St. Andrew''s, on The Terrace, and the one at New Plymouth, both built in ferro-concrete.
The first occasion on which this material was used for a church of Gothic design, as far as is known, was in 1917 when Mr. Clere designed the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary of the Angels, Boulcott Street. Although an entirely new departure, it was carried out with conspicuous success and will remain a lasting memorial to his skill and originality.
Other work carried out for the Catholic Church including St. Peter and Paul''s Church, Palmerston
caption of picture
Mr. F. de J. Clere.
North, St. Joseph''s, Hawera, St. Patrick''s College, Silverstream, St. Gerard''s Monastery, Hawker Street, St. Mary''s Convent, Hill Street, portion of the Home of Compassion, Island Bay, the chapel at the Star of the Sea Convent, Seatoun, and the the Convent, Palmerston North.
Mr. Clere''s work was not however confined to churches and church buildings. He also designed a number of domestic and commercial buildings. Amongst the latter were the first A.M.P. building, pulled down 50 years later to make room for the present building, which he also designed, the former Government Life Insurance Building, the two harbour board buildings, at the entrance to Queen''s Wharf, some of early wards at the Wellington Hospital, including an operating theatre, the boy''s high school and the A.M.P. Building at Palmerston North, the Commercial Ban of Australia premises at Wellington and Masterton, and abattoirs for Dymock''s bacon factory (now Hutton''s) at Kaiwarra (sic).
Mr. Clere was a member of the Wellington City Council for a short period until 1895, and early in the century served on the Lower Hutt Borough Council for several terms. He was a life member of Lodge Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt, of which he was a foundation member. He was a member of the Wellington Diocesan Synod, for many years and was also a member of the General Synod.
Being keenly interested in art, and himself a talented water-colourist, he was active in forming the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and served on its first council. At the time of his death he was one of its few life members.
Mr. Clere will be missed by many who knew him as an English gentleman in every sense of the word, a man of firm Christian principles and kindliness, and one who to the letter practised the ethics of his profession.
He is survived by his two son, Mr. E. H. de J. Clere and Mr. F. T. Clere, and four daughters Miss K. E. Clere, formerly music mistress at Marsden School, Miss M. V. Clere of Waiheke Island, Auckland, Mrs. Gordon Rich, of New Plymouth, and Mrs Byran Gold, of Okato, Taranaki. He leaves also 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Probate Frederick de Jersey Clere, Place: Wellington, Occ: Architect, AAOM 6031 766/52, Filed: 20/8/1952, Will, Archives NZ, Wellington
  • 1856 - Birth -
  • 13 AUG 1952 - Death -
Henry Clere
1818 - 29 JUN 1887
Frederick De Jersey Clere
1856 - 13 AUG 1952
Ellen Vaughan
1822 - 23 OCT 1885
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Henry Clere
Death29 JUN 1887
Marriage1849to Ellen Vaughan
PARENT (F) Ellen Vaughan
Death23 OCT 1885
Marriage1849to Henry Clere
FKatharine Vaughan Clere
Death24 OCT 1938
Marriage5 APR 1886to Harry Walter Willans
FHarriett Henrietta Vaughan Clere
Marriage7 APR 1886to Temple Frere
FMartha Louisa Clere
Death1 SEP 1935
Marriage5 FEB 1880to John Welsby at St Pauls Pro Cathedral, Wellington
MFrederick De Jersey Clere
Death13 AUG 1952
Marriage18 APR 1883to Mary Goodbehere at St John''s Church, Feilding
Marriage17 OCT 1905to Elizabeth Johnston Ingles at St Pauls Pro Cathedral, Wellington
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Frederick De Jersey Clere
Death13 AUG 1952
Marriage18 APR 1883to Mary Goodbehere at St John''s Church, Feilding
Marriage17 OCT 1905to Elizabeth Johnston Ingles at St Pauls Pro Cathedral, Wellington
FatherHenry Clere
MotherEllen Vaughan
PARENT (F) Mary Goodbehere
Death8 APR 1904
Marriage18 APR 1883to Frederick De Jersey Clere at St John''s Church, Feilding
FMargaret Vaughan Clere
Death23 MAR 1958
MEdmund Herbert de Jersey Clere
Death12 JAN 1967
Marriage19 DEC 1911to Beatrice Alice Porter
Marriage5 MAY 1937to Sydney Brandon at St Margaret''s Church, Te Horo
FKatherine Ellen Clere
Death23 OCT 1969
MFrederick Temple Clere
Death20 AUG 1976
Marriage22 MAY 1916to Florence Winifred Cooke at St Pauls Pro Cathedral, Wellington
FMary Edith De Jersey Clere
Death21 SEP 1936
Marriage10 SEP 1924to Arthur James Luke at St Pauls Pro Cathedral, Wellington
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Frederick De Jersey Clere
Death13 AUG 1952
Marriage18 APR 1883to Mary Goodbehere at St John''s Church, Feilding
Marriage17 OCT 1905to Elizabeth Johnston Ingles at St Pauls Pro Cathedral, Wellington
FatherHenry Clere
MotherEllen Vaughan
PARENT (F) Elizabeth Johnston Ingles
Death9 SEP 1920
Marriage17 OCT 1905to Frederick De Jersey Clere at St Pauls Pro Cathedral, Wellington
FNancy Olivia De Jersey Clere
Death2 NOV 1975
Marriage14 JAN 1932to Gordon Francis Rich at St Pauls Pro Cathedral, Wellington
FRuth Ingles De Jersey Clere
Death8 MAY 1993
Marriage1935to Arthur Bryan Gold
Descendancy Chart
Frederick De Jersey Clere b: 1856 d: 13 AUG 1952
Mary Goodbehere b: 1857 d: 8 APR 1904
Margaret Vaughan Clere b: 1897 d: 23 MAR 1958
Edmund Herbert de Jersey Clere b: 1884 d: 12 JAN 1967
Beatrice Alice Porter b: 1888 d: 2 NOV 1936
Brian De Jersey Clere b: 1916 d: 18 MAY 1937
Adrian De Jersey Clere b: 1918 d: 26 SEP 2000
Montagu De Jersey Clere b: 1924 d: 27 SEP 1998
Joyce Mary Clere b: 1913 d: 30 NOV 1999
Alexander Duncan Dick Cameron b: 1903 d: 26 AUG 1987
Sydney Brandon b: 1901 d: 9 SEP 1982
Katherine Ellen Clere b: 1886 d: 23 OCT 1969
Frederick Temple Clere b: 1890 d: 20 AUG 1976
Florence Winifred Cooke b: 1889 d: 9 OCT 1976
Mary Edith De Jersey Clere b: 1894 d: 21 SEP 1936
Arthur James Luke b: 1884 d: 19 JUL 1954
Elizabeth Johnston Ingles b: 1878 d: 9 SEP 1920
Nancy Olivia De Jersey Clere b: 1907 d: 2 NOV 1975
Gordon Francis Rich b: 1902 d: 19 MAR 1980
Ruth Ingles De Jersey Clere b: 1911 d: 8 MAY 1993
Arthur Bryan Gold b: 1903 d: 26 JUN 1993
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