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Members’ biographical register

Hon Ephraim Mayo Clarke

Date: 21 August 1846
Place: Parkfield, near Australind, Western Australia
Son of Ephraim, surveyor and farmer, and Sarah Pearson French
Marriage and Family
Married 8 July 1876, Church of St Pauls, Bunbury to Louisa Frances Teede (born 15 April 1856 and died 12 February 1938), daughter of George Robert and Mildred Marchy Bird
Children: eight sons and four daughters
Date: 15 April 1921
Place: Wellington district, Western Australia
Cemetery: Bunbury Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Employment History
At age 12 years worked with father on road construction, worked on farm owned by MacAndrew
Until 1874 farmed father’s property and his own holding in the Harvey district
Then storekeeper at Bunbury, erected two shops, warehouses and residences in Stirling Street
Also cultivated vineyard and orchard as Punchbowl brand sold in goldfields
Local Government Service
27 years on Bunbury Municipal Council, Mayor 1888, 1894–97, 1899–1900, 1908
Liberal until 1917 then National (check if Nationalist)
Date Elected
21 August 1901
Inaugural Speech
Clarke, Ephraim Mayo, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Ephraim Clarke
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC South West Province 21 August 1901 (by-election)–15 April 1921
  • Minister without portfolio 23 December 1901–1 July 1902
Historical Notes
  • Father of the House 22 May 1916–15 April 1921
Original member Mounted Rifle Corps of Bunbury
Valuer for land resumption for Perth–Bunbury railway
Foundation member of Bunbury Building Society
Foundation member Bunbury Church of Christ
1894 Justice of the Peace
Battye, J.S. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia: an historical and commercial review.
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 47.
Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages website. Accessed 2 December 2014
West Australian, 14 May 1908, 16 April 1921.