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Mr. J. J. Clark, the well-known architect,   died at his residence, Canterbury road, St. Kilda, yesterday morning. He was engaged,   together with his son, in carrying out the new Melbourne Hospital block of buildings, which is now approaching completion. Mr. Clark was aged 77, and was therefore prob-     ably the oldest practising architect in Aus-     tralia. He was born in Liverpool, and     came to Victoria in 1857, entering the   Public Works department at the age of 18. During his connection with the de- partment he designed and carried out many of the most important buildings in that office, viz., the Treasury Buildings at the top of Collins street, which he designed at   the age of 21; the Government Printing     Office, the Custom House, Public Office,

Bendigo; Government House, the Law     Courts, the Mint, the principal insane     asylums and gaols.

In 1883 he was appointed Government   architect for Queensland, where he de- signed many of the important buildings in that State including the Treasury Build- ings, one of the largest departmental build-   ings in Australia. Later he had charge of the hospitals for the West Australian Go- ernment, when, in 1897 he resumed pri- vate practice in partnership with his son, who came out from London to join him after some years of study in that city. It was at this time when at the age of 60, that he began a period of further architectural         competition successes, viz., winning in suc- cession the Fremantle Town Hall altera- tion; St. Andrew's Church, Perth; the   Children's Hospital, Perth; the Newcastle   and Maitland hospitals, N.S.W.; and the     City Baths, Melbourne; when he returned to Melbourne, and during the last 10 years   the firm has won the following competi- tions and carried out the buildings:—The   National Mutual Life, Ballarat; the   Women's Hospital Carlton; the Carlton      

Refuge, the Auckland Town Hall, and, finally, the new Melbourne Hospital, which   forms a fitting monument to a fine career.  

Mr. Clark, after securing the Melbourne        

Hospital work, made a trip round the world         to view hospital buildings.    

His sole surviving immediate relatives are   his sister, Mrs. M. M. Panter, of Williams-   town, and his only son, Mr. E. J. Clark, of    

St. Kilda.