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Andrew Inglis Clark

At ‘Rosebank’, his home in Battery Point, Clark amassed a considerable library, and on Saturday evenings there gathered in the room many of the best minds of Hobart to discuss the latest ideas and issues. His coterie was known for its free-thinking and its radicalism, and acknowledged his intellectual leadership by referring to him as ‘padre’.
(See also Two remembrances of Clark).

Despite his onerous professional engagements, Clark remained an avid reader and from his pen flowed poems, reviews and essays, including items privately circulated, on a surprising range of subjects. He corresponded with overseas luminaries, visited the United States of America in 1891 and 1897, and was a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Clark naturally supported the establishment of the University in Tasmania in 1889, and played a critical role in parliament in fending off a cost-cutting measure that would have stifled it at birth. From 1901 to 1903 he served as Vice-Chancellor.

Vice-Chancellor's robe probably worn by Clark

Law exam papers written by Clark

Clark's library at 'Rosebank', Battery Point.

Clark's 1876 speech commemorating the 4th of July
centenary of the United States, celebration dinner program,
picture of one of Clark's heroes, George Washington
and photograph of his 'Rosebank' library.
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Clark's 4th of July speech. Enlarge





Last Modified: 27-Oct-2003