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Thursday, 20 April 1939


Sir EARLE PAGE (Cowper) (Prime Minister) . - It is with regret that I inform honorable members of the death of the Honorable Francis Clarke, who was a member of the first Commonwealth Parliament.

Mr. Clarkewas a member of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales for the Macleay electorate from May, 1893, to June, 1894. He was elected for the Hastings and Macleay electorate at the general election of July, 1894, and continued to represent that electorate until September, 1898, when he resigned. Honorable members may recall that the reason for his resignation was to permit Sir Edmund Barton, who at that time was piloting through the Parliament of New South Wales proposals relating to federation, to hold a seat in that Parliament. He was again elected to the seat in March, 1900, and held it until elected to the House of Representatives for Cowper, at the general election of 1901. He was defeated at the general election of 1903.

Subsequent to his membership of this House the late Mr. Clarke was appointed a member of the Royal Commission on the Customs Tariff 1904-1907, and a member of the Northern Territory Commission in 1918.

It is, I think, appropriate that we should place on record our appreciation of thework of one who was closely associated with the inauguration of federation, as a member of the first Commonwealth Parliament..

To the members of the late Mr. Clarke's family we extend deep sympathy in their bereavement.

I move -

That this House expresses its regret at the death of the Honorable Francis Clarke, who was memberfor Cowper in the House of Representatives in the first Commonwealth

Parliament, places on record its appreciation of his public services, and tenders to the members of his family its deep sympathy in their bereavement.







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