Clement Wragge and the Tattooed Rocks

photo of Clement Lindley Wragge (18 September 1852 – 10 December 1922) taken at an unspecified date (c. 191x) in the Waiata tropical gardens which he founded in Birkenhead, Auckland with his partner Louisa Emmeline Horne.

This brief summery of the many interests of Clement Wragge is taken from Wikipedia.

Clement Lindley Wragge (18 September 1852 – 10 December 1922), was a meteorologist born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England, but moved to Oakamoor, Staffordshire as a child. He set up the Wragge Museum in Stafford following a trip around the world.He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and in 1879 was elected Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society in London To the end of his life, he was interested in Theosophy and spiritualism and in later life met with Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian who claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sought him out in New Zealand to ask for his views on spiritualism before writing ‘The Wanderings of a Spiritualist’ in 1921.

This will hopefully give some idea of the background from which his theories about the origin and importance of the Tattooed Rocks. So without further ado here is his version of the tale.


Auckland Star, Volume XLI, Issue 297, 15 December 1910, Page 8

wragge 1

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Auckland Star, Volume XLL, Issue 299, 17 December 1910, Page 10

wragge letter

Throughout his career in New Zealand he traveled the length of the country giving talks on many topics (mostly on scientific subjects) including the Tattooed Rocks and Lemuria. We will return to the subject of Mr. Wragges megalithic researches in future posts.

*With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand.



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2 Responses to Clement Wragge and the Tattooed Rocks

  1. Terry Mortlock says:

    Clement Wragge was never never divorced from his first wife leonora, and was still legally married to her when he died. Although he lived with Louisa until his death.

    Terry Mortlock
    2nd great grandson of Clement Wragge

  2. esotericnz says:

    Thank you for the information. We have updated the post to reflect these facts. While we have access to quite a lot of information regarding his archeological activity it is still mostly unprocessed (and a file with a lot of what we had processed was unfortunately lost early last month) as we stumbled upon him during our researches into the history of the tattooed rocks (so our biographical information entirely based on what it avalible on the internet at this point). We’d love it if you could possibly shed any light on his involvement with A.’.A.’. . Thank you.
    J Collins

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