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Clarke, Joseph (1834–1895)

from Argus (Melbourne)

Intelligence was received in Melbourne yesterday morning of the death of Mr. Joseph Clarke, of Toorak, brother of Sir W. J. Clarke, Bart, M.L.C. The deceased gentleman was the youngest son of the late William John Turner Clarke, M.L.C., and was born at Newtown, Hobart, on the 1st January, 1835. He was educated in Tasmania, and for a number of years had the management of his father's estates in that island. In 1860 he married Caroline, daughter of the late Mr. Lewis Clarke, of Victoria, and they had two sons, one of whom, Lewis Clarke, died in Tasmania last year. The other son is Mr. W. J. T. Clarke, of Melbourne, barrister at-law. Mr. Joseph Clarke was a territorial magistrate of Tasmania, and in his earlier days took an active part in municipals affair there; but in 1874 he left Tasmania for Victoria, where he was engaged in business in connection with his father's estates. From his father he inherited some very valuable estates in New Zealand, Tasmania, and South Australia. After he came to Victoria he was made a justice of the peace for this colony; and he held many important positions in public companies, amongst them being that of chairman of the board of directors of the Colonial Bank. The St. Paul's Cathedral and Trinity College building funds were indebted to him for donations amounting in the case of each to £5,000, and he also made liberal donations to the building fund of the Hobart Cathedral.

The death of Mr. Joseph Clarke was not at all unexpected. He had been under medical treatment for some months past for disease of the heart, combined with disease of the kidneys. His medical adviser was Dr. J. P. Ryan, and he made considerable improvement for some time under treatment, and was so much better at the beginning of November last that he determined to try a change of climate in Tasmania, though Dr. Ryan was not very favourable to the idea. He went to Norton-Mandeville, his estate near Hamilton, Tasmania, and improved a good deal there until recently, when it was thought he was tolerably well. A few days ago, however, his son received a message requesting him to go over at once, as his father was seriously ill, but directly afterwards a further communication arrived announcing that there was an improvement, and it was not necessary for him to go over. A sudden change for the worse must have occurred, as yesterday word was received that Mr. Clarke died at 5 o'clock yesterday morning.

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  • will, Argus (Melbourne), 1 June 1895, p 7

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'Clarke, Joseph (1834–1895)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 October 2020.

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