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Biographical entry Clarke, Andrew (1824 - 1902)

RE, MLC, FRSLVD

Born
27 July 1824
Southsea, Hampshire, England
Died
29 March 1902
London, England
Occupation
Science patron, Surveyor and Politician

Summary

(Sir) Andrew Clarke was Surveyor-General of the Colony of Victoria and was a member of both Victoria's Legislative Council and Assembly. He was also heavily involved in many societies and organisations including stints as inaugural president of the Philosophical Society of Victoria (1854), and inaugural president of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria (1855-57). As a member of the Legislative Council, Clarke was involved in drafting the colony's new Constitution and the Municipal Institutions Act. He also instigated the creation of the Museum of Natural History, selected the sites of the Botanic Gardens and St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, instigated the recording of meteorological data, and set about establishing a pure water supply for Melbourne. Clarke returned to the United Kingdom in 1859c but continued to work on special commissions for the Victorian and Tasmanian governments and served as their agent-general for varying periods.

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1844
Education - Graduated from the Royal Military Academy, UK
1844 - 1886
Career position - Member of the Royal Engineers, UK
26 January 1847 - 26 January 1848
Life event - Posted to Australia (Hobart Town)
1848 - 1849
Career position - Posted to New Zealand
1849 - 1853
Career position - Returned to Hobart as Private Secretary to the Lieutenant-Governor
1853 -
Career position - Surveyor-General of the Colony of Victoria
1853 - 1856
Career position - Elected to the Legislative Council of Victoria
1854
Career position - Vice-President of the Victorian Institute for the Advancement of Science
1854
Career position - President of the Philosophical Society of Victoria
1855 - 1857
Career position - President of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria
1856 - c. 1859
Career position - Elected to the Legislative Assembly of Victoria
c. 1859
Life event - Returned to England

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Clarke, Andrew Portrait
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