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Alfred Clack (1847–1902)

A prominent figure in local business and social circles has been removed by the death of the above old resident of North Melbourne, who expired at Dr. Stirling's private hospital, about 4 a.m., on Monday morning, the cause of death being appendicitis. Deceased was in his 55th year, and was born at Cambridge, England, in 1847, and when quite a child came to Victoria with his parents, who settled at Kilmore, where Mr. Clack's youth was passed. He may be said to have been connected with North Melbourne for the past 32 years, and has always resided close to his last abode at the corner of Abbotsford and Canning streets. The deceased was always a prominent member of the butchering trade, and was repeatedly asked to stand for the local council, but refused, feeling he had not the time to spare for municipal duties. In social matters Mr. Clack was the right man in the right place, and was the life and soul of friendly gatherings, an invaluable man as M.C. and general director of a mayoral ball. In this respect he certainly leaves a blank that will be hard to fill. He was well known in Masonic circles, and was P.M. of the Carlton lodge, and also a member of the Grand Lodge, and was at one time an active member of the Order of Druids. He was a friend for thirty-three years past of the late Mr. J. McKinery, and died not quite nine months after the last named gentleman. Mr. Clack leaves a wife and six children, all grown up, to mourn their sad loss. The funeral took place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the remains being interred in the Church of England compartment of the Melbourne General Cemetery, the Rev. Canon Carlisle reading the burial service. The pallbearers were Messrs. Watt, Bodycomb, Brearley, Barwise, Reynolds, and McIntosh. The following forwarded wreaths and floral emblems of esteem and condolence: —The officers and members of Carlton Lodge, The officers and members of the North Melbourne Lodge, Canon and Mrs. Carlisle, St. Mary's Church of England Vestrymen, the associates and members of St. Mary's G.F.S., Mrs. McKinery, Millie, and Harold; Dr. and Mrs. Zichy-Woinarski, W. Reynolds & Son, Mr. & Mrs. B. Bodycomb, Mr. Gladwin, Mr. and Mrs. Oakley and family, Mrs. Chas. Gidney, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Gidney, Mr G A. Fountain, Mr Dillon Mawby, Mr. A. G. Lowenstein and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. Howlett, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Clack, Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Derham, Mrs. Barter, Mrs. Pearce, Miss A. O'Connor, Mr. and Mrs. Allardice, Mr & Mrs. Mawley and family, Mr. and Mrs. W Rosling, Misses Young, Mr. and Mrs. McConnell, Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Griffiths, Mrs. Passmore, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Thorp, Mr. and Mrs. Will Archer, Herr and Madame de Chaneet, Misses Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Isworth. Mr. and Mrs. Oldrieve and family, Mr. and Miss Donald, Mr. and Mrs. Montgomerie, Mrs. Caffare, Mrs. Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. W. Wort, Mr. and Mrs. Cooney, Mr. and Mrs. Daves and family, Mr. and Mrs. Alf. Travis; Mrs. Scully, Mrs. Gathercole, Mr. and Mrs. Callander, Mr. and Mrs. H. Allison, Mr. and Mrs Trenear, Mr. and Mrs. R D. and Miss Peachey, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Brearley, C. W. Gathercole, Mr. and Mrs. Cagney, Hill & Luckman, Miss L. Gray, Mrs. Brommell and family, Mrs. Sutton and family, Miss Hilda Gathercole, Miss Lily Morrell, Mrs. Heron, Mr. and Mrs. David Frolley, Miss Ethel Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Adams, Miss M. Duggan, Mr and Mrs. Vincent Brearley, Syd. Mawley, Bertie Metcalf c/o Mrs. Brown. Letters and telegrams were received from the following:—Messrs. A. Donecker, A. Lawrence, W. Wotherspoon, E. J. Lawrence, Percy Murray, Ernest Welster, C. Moss, Percy Heymanson; Messrs. and Mesdames Stubbs (Leongatha), Nolan, Burns, (Maryborough), Gibbens, Wallis (Northcote), Whyte, Chas. Smith, Fred. Ornstien, W. Leeming, C. E. Hirst, J. A. Howlett; Mesdames Mathews, Taylor, Gray, P. Anderson, Robert Allan (Chewton), Wickham, Clarke, Filgate, J. Barrie, F. J. Krcrouse, Kinsman, H. W. Stamp, A. M. Welch, H. Telford Smith, H. Masters Barter; Mr. and Miss Hare, Misses Grace Sutton, J. and A. Brisbane, Lizzie Barter, Travis, Cleaves, Florrie Tregear, V. Isworth, Barter (2); and Mr. and Mrs P. Moylan. By desire of the family there were no Masonic rites celebrated; but a number of the craft followed privately. Joseph Allison of Errol-street, conducted the funeral arrangements.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • will, Argus (Melbourne), 31 May 1902, p 13
  • death notice, Herald (Melbourne), 21 April 1902, p 2

Citation details

'Clack, Alfred (1847–1902)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 June 2024.

© Copyright Obituaries Australia, 2010-2024

Life Summary [details]


Suffolk, England


21 April, 1902 (aged ~ 55)
Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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