Clarke, William John Turner

Born 20 April 1805 (Somerset, England)
Died 13 January 1874. (Essendon, Victoria)
Parents: William and Sarah, nee Turner
Marriage: 1829, Elizabeth Dowling (b.1801 d.1878) ; 3s. William, Thomas and Joseph.
Occupation: Pastoralist
Religion: Church of England

Career: Known as 'Big' Clarke. Worked as a drover in England; emigrated Hobart 1829; butcher and government meat contractor till 1834; obtained land grant in Campbell Town area and built up large estates in Van Diemen's Land, Vic., South Australiaand NZ; lived in Van Diemen's Land till 1850; director Colonial Bank etc. Left estate of 2,500,000.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLCSouthernNovember 1856 January? 1861Resigned
MLCSouthernJanuary 1863 November 1870Resigned

References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1
Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972
Last update: 2014 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.