Born in the village of Enborne in Berkshire in 1854. He was the fourth son and one of ten children of Thomas CLARK and Ann WALCH.
He was a farm labourer and probably met his wife Elizabeth Mary WIGMORE when she was working in service nearby.
They married in 1877 in Reading and went to Tasmania in 1884 as assisted immigrants on SS Nurjahan. He was assigned to HB Evans' sawmill at Surges Bay near Geeveston and acquired land for a farm while working for the road trust. Four children were born in Enborne, then another six in Tasmania.
He represented Surges Bay in the first Esperance Municipal Council elected in 1907.
He died in 1918 and is buried at Surges Bay.