Clarke – journalist, poet, bon vivant and novelist – was the author of For the Term of his Natural Life, described by his biographer Brian Elliott as the only truly monumental work of literature in the first 100 years of Australian history, and a book that has never been out of print. The novel was inspired by Clarke's reporting on the convict prison system in Tasmania. It was first published as a newspaper series. Clarke also wrote a witty, irreverent column called the Peripatetic Philosopher in The Argus and some of his pieces, particularly two on the Melbourne Cup, remain vivid and readable a century and a half later.
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Clarke’s great-great grandson David Montgomery accepting award