Thank you so much Noel for your feedback on Thomas Clarke. Particularly
the information regarding the Vault at St Mary's RC Cathedral. We knew
this Vault existed from notes left by T.G.Clarke's granddaughter, Winifred
Clarke, but I hadn't been able to trace it. She said it was at the
entrance of the Cathedral in Armenia Street but on a visit to Madras in
1988 we couldn't find it. She left no details so I am so grateful for
all the information you have found. What a grand vault this must have
been. I am* SO* pleased at last to have a name for Thomas Clarke's wife
(or mother of his children). I wonder if there was a marriage? And also
to find T.G. Clarke's wife Mary. I am still working my way through
the other names. My husband is the great-great grandson of Edward
Patrick Clarke,T.G.Clarke's brother. When E.P. Clarke died T.G.Clarke
took over the upbringing of E.P.C's children.
With reference to the letters* at the University of Minnesota Library, I
think perhaps the earlier email post you refer to was in fact from me.
Some time ago I had discovered on the Internet the correspondence between
T. G. Clarke and various government officials in India including the
Viceroy and Governor General, and have copies of the exchange of letters
which took place which I obtained from the University of Minnesota. It
was from the letter you quote that I found that Thomas Clarke's wife was an
East Indian but I had never found a marriage. So your discovery of
Severenah was amazing. These letters* were all about finding
employment for one of his sons.
Anglo-Indians were having a hard time finding employment and Thomas George
Clarke did a great deal while he was Magistrate to help them including
being part of a group which endeavoured to fund the migration to Australia
of large numbers of working age Anglo-Indians where it was felt they could
earn a living without prejudice. T.G. Clarke wrote a book "The Fortunes of
the Anglo-Indian Race...." which I believe is on the shelves at the India
One again Noel, many thanks for your help.
Regards to all