Rua & Clarrie Stevens
Charitable Trust

Est 1970

The greater part in us will never die’

In a legal career spanning more than 50 years, Clarrie earned a reputation as an expert in taxation, estate planning and trust work and as a shrewd and able businessman.

Born in Dunedin in 1907, he attended King Edward Technical College and the University of Otago, from where he graduated LLB (NZ) in 1931 and LLM (NZ) with first class honours in 1934.

Clarrie’s life was dominated by his love and passion of the law.  Clarrie held a very strong belief that the law profession had a duty to donate its services to those disadvantaged in our society.  He freely donated his services to numerous individuals who could not otherwise afford to hire a lawyer.

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Mr Clarence ‘Clarrie’ Henry Somerville Stevens

Outliving most of his legal contemporaries in Dunedin, he is remembered with a high regard, being described as “sharp as a tack, with a great mind, a sharp wit and a real independence about him.  He was one of the sharpest legal brains to ever practice in (Dunedin)”.

When Clarrie married Rua Frapwell in 1938 he entered into a partnership that enhanced his life for 32 years.  She was his guiding light.  On her death in 1970 Clarrie established the Rua Stevens Memorial Trust to assist groups associated with her interests in the arts and young people.

Clarrie Stevens died 25 years to the day after his beloved wife.


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