Australia's First Baronet - Sir William Clarke

Date of Record: 1880

Clarke was born on 31 March 1831 at Lovely Banks, Van Diemen's Land, the eldest of three sons of William John Turner Clarke, and his wife Eliza, nee Dowling.

He was created a baronet by Queen Victoria, the only Australian-born man to be so honoured, in recognition for his many donations and for his presiding over the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880.

The baronetcy of Clarke of Rupertswood is the only active hereditary title in an Australian family.