In 1972 a small group of people purchased, with great foresight, 23ha of land inclusive of "Glorat", the Clarke Homestead and most of its furnishings.

For the princely sum of £42,000, with a generous donation by Eric and Enid Blow of the £1500 needed for the deposit, the home of the future Northland Regional Museum was secured.

Basil Clarke formerly handed over the homestead keys in February 1973. Part of the agreement was that Basil was allowed 6ha for his own use during his lifetime and he continued to live in the rear of the homestead until his death in

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