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Andrew Inglis Clark

Andrew Inglis Clark was born in Hobart in 1848. His father, Alexander Clark, was a Scottish engineer who arrived in the colony in 1832, and was responsible for the design and construction of a flour mill at Port Arthur. Though transportation came to an end in 1853, Clark grew up in a community which had by no means shaken off its origins as a penal colony.

Clark's mother Ann
Clark's mother, Ann.
Clark's father Alexander
Clark's father, Alexander.

Educated at Hobart High School, he at first seemed destined to work in the family firm. Though he disappointed his father’s expectations by embarking, at the age of twenty-four, on a legal career, Clark drew deeply on the influences of a sober, industrious, civic-minded and God-fearing family. In 1878 he married Grace Ross, and had five sons and two daughters. He was very much a family man. In later years the door of his study was always open for his children.

Clark family residence in Collins Street Hobart around 1890

Clark's family home in Collins Street, Hobart, around 1890,
between Harrington and Barrack Streets, since demolished.

Clark family home in Liverpool Street Hobart in the 1850s

This was the Clark family home in Liverpool Street in Hobart in the 1850s

portrait of Clark
Andrew Inglis Clark in seated studio portrait by JH Newman, Sydney
Clark's wife Grace
Clark's wife Grace, on the balcony at the family home, 'Rosebank'.

Photograph of Clark with his family in the garden

Clark family group in the garden at Rosebank, Battery Point.
From left to right:Andrew, Carrel, Esma, Wendell, Ethel, Grace, Andrew and Alex (Clark Papers, Archives, University of Tasmania)

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Last Modified: 27-Oct-2003