Francis Clarke (25 March 1857 – 18 May 1939) was an Australian politician.
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
29 March 1901 – 16 December 1903
|Preceded by||New seat|
|Succeeded by||Henry Lee|
|Born||25 March 1857|
Stroud, Colony of New South Wales
|Died||18 May 1939 (aged 82)|
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
|Political party||Protectionist Party|
He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1893 to 1898, representing the seats of Macleay and Hastings and Macleay. Clarke played a role in expediting the re-inclusion of Edmund Barton in the Australasian Federal Convention for the establishment of the Australian Federation. Barton was a major driver in the Federation movement but as he lost his seat in the NSW Colonial parliament he faced exclusion from the discussions. To expedite his return to the political process Clarke resigned from his safe seat of Hastings and the Macleay triggering a by-election which Barton won with Clarke's endorsement.
He was later appointed a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1899–1900, representing the Protectionist Party. Serving as an early alderman of the Borough of North Sydney, Clarke served a single term as mayor (1898–1899).
After leaving politics he was drafted as a member of the Royal Commission on Customs and Tariffs 1904-07 and the Royal Commission on Northern Territory railways and ports (1913–1914). He died in Manly in 1939.
- "Mr Francis Clarke (1857-1939)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
- "BOROUGH OF NORTH SYDNEY". New South Wales Government Gazette (136). New South Wales, Australia. 15 February 1898. p. 1220. Retrieved 8 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
|New South Wales Legislative Assembly|
| Member for Macleay
1893 – 1894
Served alongside: Hogan
|New district|| Member for Hastings and Macleay
1894 – 1898
| Member for Hastings and Macleay
1900 – 1901
John Mitchell Purves
| Mayor of North Sydney
1898 – 1899
John Mitchell Purves
|Parliament of Australia|
|New division|| Member for Cowper
1901 – 1903
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