William Thomas Clapham (1827 - 1890) MP

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Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Managed by: Sandra Jacalyn Hayes
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About William Thomas Clapham

William arrived in NZ on the ship Birman in 1842.

He must have gone to Victoria, Australia at the time of the big gold strikes. He returned to Wellington, NZ from Melbourne in 1852 on the barque Belle Creole.

On the death of his father he took over the licence of the "Half-way House" on behalf of his mother. He held this until her death in 18965, after which it passed to his brother-in-law William Edwards.

After this William bought one of the hotels at Ngauranga called the "Ngauranga Inn". It became knows as "Claphams Inn" and was located on the Wellington side of the Ngauranga stream. There was another inn on the north side of the stream called the "Rainbow and Thistle Inn".

Claphams Inn was well known to travellers on the two main north routes, being one of the popular coach stops. The licence was retained by William until his death, when it passed to his son Thomas William.

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William Thomas Clapham's Timeline

1827
July 2, 1827
London, Middlesex, England
1863
September 23, 1863
Age 36
Thorndon, St Pauls Church
1864
November 26, 1864
Age 37
Ngauranga
1866
September 1, 1866
Age 39
Ngauranga
1868
June 6, 1868
Age 40
Ngauranga
1872
March 25, 1872
Age 44
Ngauranga
March 25, 1872
Age 44
Ngauranga
1873
August 1, 1873
Age 46
Ngauranga
1876
September 16, 1876
Age 49
Ngauranga
1880
November 3, 1880
Age 53
Ngauranga