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Private John Clark (.1769....1823)

Back to . . .The New South Wales Corps. ( Rum Corps. ) "Renamed 102nd Regiment
  • Born : c.1769
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  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived :    16 February 1806    in Sydney
  • Ship Arrived on :  "Tellicherry " "
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment :  1806
  • Where Enlisted : Savoy Prison England
  • Transferred : 73rd Regiment 24April 1810
  • Date of Discharge : 9 August 1808
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
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  • Date Married : 1801
  • Where Married : Sydney
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    History & Achievements :

    The Wicklow Five a travesty of Justice
    The Tellicherry was a very interesting vessel since it carried Five State Prisoners - Irish rebels who had surrendered to the British in Ireland and were allowed to settle in Australia in voluntary exile. The leader was Michael Dwyer and his second in command was Martin Burke. The Tellicherry Five  (others Hugh Byrne, John Mernagh and Arthur Devlin) arrived as technically free men and each received 100 acres at Cabramatta, convict servants (all Tellicherry men and a woman) and had already been granted one hundred pound in capital from the Irish government. On the voyage the Five were treated as free settlers and were not held in chains - hence had the opportunity to mix with the soldiers as free men and not captives.
    Martin Burke and his wife, Phoebe Tunstall, established a lasting friendship with John Clarke and in later years Burke and Clarke farmed together at Pittwater - since the affirs of the two men are interlwined I have enclosed an attachment which will give you a bit of background on the Tellicherry Five as well as Clarke.
    Clarke John - long time friend of Martin Burke (Census also Index to Catholics in NSW)
    Private, tranferred to 73 Rd. Reg. 24/4/1810 Invalid Corps - received land grant 1822 at Mackerel Beach, Pittwater Reel No 3869
    To the best of my knowledge Clarke did not marry and had no family. I have not tried to follow his later life in Tasmania as that is outside the scope of my investigation. Histories of Pittwater record that the two men are regarded as the "Fathers" of the area
    Clarke John -
    Father of Pittwater
    1806 Rank Private
    Arrived per Tellicherry
    1810 Transferred to 73 Rd. Reg. 24/4/1810 Invalid Corps -
    1822 Received land grant 1822 at Mackerel Beach, Pittwater Col Sec
    Reel No 3869
    1823 Oct. 28 To receive a grant of 100 acres of land in any part of the Colony already sur
    veyed (Reel 6011; 4/3509 p.484) Col Sec
    1823 Oct 29 Certificate of entitlement to land (Fiche 3263; 4/7015.2 p.27) Col Sec
    1827 23 May Marriage John Clarke to Mrs Webster of George St
    1829 Appointed Poastmaster Launceston SG
    1834 Sale of 1000 acres promised by Sir Thomas Brisbane to John Clarke, now of  Launceston a pensioner of the 102 Regiment to Martin Burke - land in County of Cumberland, parish of Broken Bay, western shore of Pittwater (60
    1835 Land at Hunter’s Hill sold
    1835 Appointed Assistant to Police Magistrate and Muster Clerk
    1836 Land grant Bredalbane, Evandale County Cornwall (south of Launceston)
    1837 Appointed Inspector of Stock (Poundkeeper)
    Appointed Police Magistrate Launceston - not confirmed as removed to
    Maryborough or Maryborough where Inspector of Stock
    1838 John Clarke publican of the Bulls Head Marlborough
    1839 Rumours that “Boy” Clarke to be appointed Chief Police Magistrate
    Fined for breech of licencing act
    There follows a series of appointments as poundkeeper and also possibly another stint as a
    publican at the Travellers Home, New Norfolk. I did take this through most of the 1840s but
    failed to find a death notice.
    Clarke had no family.
    Histories of Pittwater record that Clarke was regarded one of the "Fathers" of
    the area. Long time friend of Martin Burke (Census also Index to Catholics in
    The first record of European settlement is 1823 when land at Little Mackeral Beach was promised
    to John Clarke who sold it to his friend Martin Burke. In 1823 John Clarke was granted land,
    comprising most of both Little and Great Mackerel beaches and farmed there together with Martin
    By 1832 William Booth also claimed he had been promised the land, which he was farming, but
    possibly because Booth had made no improvements the first Crown grant was given to Martin
    Burke in 1835
    Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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