Clarke, William John, (Sir) (1831-1897)

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Clarke, William John (1831-1897)
Field of activity
Stud-breeder; Philanthropist; Agriculturalist; Landowner; stud-breeder
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Sir William John Clarke (1831-1897), landowner, stud-breeder and philanthropist, was born on 31 March 1831 at Lovely Banks, Van Diemen's Land, the eldest of three sons of William John Turner Clarke, and...

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Sir William Clarke was a prominent colonist who contributed greatly to all facets of life in Victoria. He was one of Victoria's top stud-breeders, but was also heavily involved in other areas such as the Freemasons, the Legislative Council and the Colonial Bank of Australia. Clarke was a great benefactor and freely gave large sums of money to charitable institutes.

Clarke was a very successful livestock farmer. He was an advocate of farming based on sound scientific principles and organized for lectures in agricultural chemistry to take place across Victoria's farming communities. Clarke imported top quality equipment and animal stocks to establish some of Victoria's best farms. His farming interests, which even expanded to Queensland, included a model tenant farm, Leicester and merino sheep, Aberdeen Angus cattle and draught and thoroughbred horses.

Clarke was also great supporter of the arts and many local organizations including the Victorian Freemasons Society, the Blind Asylum, and in 1882 on a trip to England he established the Clarke Music Scholarship (3000 guineas) for entry to the Royal College of Music. He was governor of the Colonial Bank of Australia for twenty years and president of numerous organizations including the Homoeopathic Hospital, agricultural societies, The Australian Club, The Victorian Football League and the Melbourne Cricket Club. During the late 1870s Clarke became disillusioned with the lack of colonial defence so established his own battery of horse artillery.

  • Life event - Elected to the Melbourne Club
  • Career position - President of the West Bourke Agricultural Society, Victoria
  • Career position - President (inaugural) of the Victorian Football Association
  • Career position - Legislative Council Southern Province representative
  • Career position - President of the Melbourne Exhibition
  • Career position - President of the Melbourne Cricket Club
  • Career position - Provincial Grand Master of the Irish Constitution of the Victorian Freemason Society
  • Award - Baronet
  • Career position - Clark Music Scholarship established in England
  • Career position - District Grand Master of the Scottish and English Constitutions of the Victorian Freemason Society
  • Education - Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD (Hon)) received from the University of Cambridge, UK
  • Career position - President of the Australia Club
  • Career position - Inaugural Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria
  • Career position - President of the Australia Club

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Clarke, William John
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Clarke, Sir William John (1831-1897)
    Morrissey, Sylvia
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1969
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 3, 422-424

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  1. Papers
    Clarke, William John Sir, 1831-1897
    [ Unpublished : 1839-1888 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  2. Annals of the Clarke family
    Clarke, William John Sir, 1831-1897
    [ Unpublished : 1971 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  3. Papers
    Clarke, William John Sir, 1831-1897
    [ Unpublished : 1838-1971 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  4. Lines written on beholding the statue of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales / [James Baird]
    Baird, James
    [ Book : 1879 ]
    At National Library
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  1. Papers
    Clarke, William John Sir, 1831-1897
    [ Unpublished : 1839-1888 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  2. Annals of the Clarke family
    Clarke, William John Sir, 1831-1897
    [ Unpublished : 1971 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  3. [Biographical cuttings on Sir William John Clarke, first Australian-born baronet, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  4. Papers
    Clarke, William John Sir, 1831-1897
    [ Unpublished : 1838-1971 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  5. Statue of Sir William Clarke
    Daniel, Mark James, 1867-1949
    [ Photograph : 1903 ]
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    Statue of Sir William Clarke
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  6. Caricature of Sir William John Clarke
    [ Photograph : 1897 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  7. Mr. W. J. Clarke's new mansion at Sunbury
    [ Art work : 1874 ]
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    Mr. W. J. Clarke's new mansion at Sunbury
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  8. Mr. W. J. Clarke, of Sunbury
    [ Art work : 1876 ]
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    Mr. W. J. Clarke, of Sunbury
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  9. Hon. W. J. Clarke, Agricultural Department
    [ Art work : 1880 ]
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    Hon. W. J. Clarke, Agricultural Department
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  10. HON. W. J. CLARKE, PRESIDENT
    T. R. P
    [ Art work : 1880 ]
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    HON. W. J. CLARKE, PRESIDENT
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  1. Clarke, Cuthbert, (Ismir) (1818-1863)
    Artist; ; Draughtsman; Caretaker; 7712
    ... Clarke, John Cuthbert ... Campbell, John Logan ... ), Turkey on 1 October 1818, eldest of the two sons and two daughters of a Scottish naval surgeon, John ... Cuthbert Clarke and Jane, nee Wilson. The family returned to England in 1834 when Cuthbert was aged 16 ...
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  2. Clarke, Rupert Turner, (Sir) (1865-1926)
    Pastoralist; Entrepreneur; Company Director; Director; Lessee
    ... Monte Carlo on Christmas Day He is succeeded by his elder son Rupert William John Clarke, who was, born... ... Sir Rupert Turner Havelock Clarke (1865-1926), 2nd Baronet of Rupertswood, pastoralist and ...
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  3. Clarke, Janet Marion, (Lady) (1851-1909)
    Philanthropist; Socialite
    ... Clarke, Janet Marion (1851-1909) ... ladies and considerate to servants'. Sir William and Lady Janet Clarke, as they became, had eight ... , William inherited the vast fortune of his father, pastoralist W.J.T. 'Big' Clarke. Janet Clarke, a novice ...
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  1. WHEREAS the Estate of John Stephenson Clarke was, on the 30th day of May,
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 3 June 1842 [Issue No.44] p 801

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... lu the Insolvent Estate of John Stephenson Clarke, of Macquarie-street, Sydney, Gen tleman. I w ... HERE AS the Estate of John Stephenson Clarke was, on the 30th day of May, 1842, placed under ... 144 words
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  2. Government Gazette Notices
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 8 September 1865 [Issue No.192 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 2031

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    ... Ralph William Reardon Michael ... Richardson N. T.... Saville Gf-eorge Seage John Shore John Baglan ... stated. Prince Albert. Hen and Chickens. Woodside Inn. Sir John Young Hotel. Mountain Run Inn. Peel Hotel ... 11938 words
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  3. COBRAN EXCHANGE OF LANDS. APPLICATION by the executors of the late Sir William John Clarke, Bart., for the surrender of 935 acres, consisting of portion 1 of 640 acres, parish of T...
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Tuesday 25 February 1902 [Issue No.165 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 1663

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... COBRAN EXCHANGE OF LANDS. Application by the executors of the late Sir William John Clarke, Bart ... 183 words
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  1. Clarke Family Tree Clarke
    Clarke Family Tree Clarke
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    Percy Douglas Clarke - GrandUncle

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  2. Matthew Clarke
    Matthew Clarke
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    Matthew Clarke Convict 1815

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  3. Charles Clarke (4)
    Charles Clarke (4)
    Created by Charles-Clarke-Trackers, 73 items.

    Articles relating to Charles Clarke, publican of the Taroom Hotel in the 1890's, and family.
    List 4: 1901-1947

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  1. William John Bridgman interviewed by Mel Pratt
    Bridgman, W. J. (William John), 1911-1985
    [ Sound : 1976 ]
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    William John Bridgman interviewed by Mel Pratt
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  2. William McMahon interviewed by John Laws and Ted Clark in the William McMahon collection
    McMahon, William, 1908-1988
    [ Sound : 1975 ]
    At National Library
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  3. William Dunk interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection
    Dunk, William Ernest, Sir, 1897-1984
    [ Sound : 1971 ]
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    William Dunk interviewed by Mel Pratt  for the Mel Pratt collection
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  4. Reminiscential conversations between the Rt. Hon. Sir John Gorton and the Hon. Clyde Cameron
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1984 ]
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    Reminiscential conversations between the Rt. Hon. Sir John Gorton and the Hon. Clyde Cameron
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  1. Clarke and Clayton
    The bulletin.
    [ Article : 1883 ]
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    Clarke and Clayton
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  2. AUSTRALIAN WRITERS II. MARCUS CLARKE
    The bookfellow : the Australasian review and journal of the Australasian book trade.
    [ Article : 1920 ]
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  3. Sir Samuel Griffith : the law and the constitution / edited by Michael White and Aladin Rahemtula ; with a foreword by The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC
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    [ Conference Proceedings : 2002 ]
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  4. 'The Choosing of a Proper Hobby': Sir William Crowther and His Library
    Marshall, Tony
    The Australian Library Journal
    [ Article : 2007 ]
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  1. SIR WILLIAM CLARKE.
    The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 22 May 1897 p 23 Article Illustrated
    ... ,000 to the building of St. Paul ? SIR WILLIAM JOHN CLARKE, BARON KT. BORN IN 1831 ; DIED MAY 15, 1897 ... . Clarke, was born in Tasmania in 1831. He en excellent schooling in business under father, best known as ... 1273 words
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  2. FUNERAL OF SIR WILLIAM CLARKE. AN IMMENSE CORTEGE.
    Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 - 1917) Wednesday 19 May 1897 p 2 Article
    ... . 1831 ; died May 15' 1897. Well Hone good and faithful servant' onter thou :nto tho joy of thy Lord ... Battery of Field Artillery, 50 in number, this battery being maintained by Sir William Clarke-for years ... 1881 words
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  3. Some Notable Melbourne Funerals Fawkner... Sir William Clarke... Archbishop Carr... Sir John Monash... Alfred Deakin By a Correspondent
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 13 April 1946 p 8 Article
    ... in the Melbourne General Cemetery on May 18, 1897. Three days earlier this philanthropic baronet had ... in 1831, 47 of his 66 years were spent in Victoria. His reputation was that of an active and public ... 1039 words
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  1. Sir William Clarke, Bart. First President of St John Ambulance in Australia
    Mawdsley, Allan
    [ Book : 2013 ]
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  2. Clarke of Rupertswood 1831-1897: the life and times of William John Clarke, First Baronet of Rupertswood
    Clarke, Michael
    [ Book : 1995 ]
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  3. King John / edited by E. A. J. Honigmann
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
    [ Book, Microform : 1700-2019 ]
    Languages: English;Japanese;French;Hebrew, [4 others]
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  4. Hamlet / William Shakespeare
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
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    Languages: English;Spanish;Russian;Chinese, [28 others]
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    Hamlet / William Shakespeare
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