The Gordon family has been at Clifton since 1861. Though farming in this location is often challenging, it is a spectacularly beautiful environment, situated on the east coast of the North Island, just 20 minutes’ drive south of Napier.
Each generation has had a deep attachment to this land both through times of prosperity and success, and through struggles, droughts, floods, and economic downturns.
Each has successfully maintained and improved the property to hand onto the next generation.
This is one of the longest surviving farming dynasties in New Zealand.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Dr Diana Morrow is a professional historian.
Jenny Carlyon and Diana Morrow are the authors of Urban Village: The Story of Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and St. Mary’s Bay, (2008); A Fine Prospect: A History of Remuera, Meadowbank and St. Johns (2011) and Changing Times, New Zealand Since 1945 (2013