Back to Ellendale for the Clark family this Sunday

THE lives of Ellendale pioneers James and Alice Clark will be celebrated at a special service this weekend. The Clark family will gather at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Ellendale this Sunday (June 2) for a service to mark the restoration of James and Alice’s grave.

Family and friends are invited to the 10.30am service to celebrate the lives of their ancestors and meet their relatives. A barbecue has been booked at the local park for lunch following the activities at the church.

St Andrew’s Anglican Church at Ellendale is the resting place of James and Alice Clark. Their descendants will gather this weekend to commemorate the restoration of their grave.

Alice and James were among the first settlers in the area, which was originally called Montos Marsh. They arrived in the 1840s and in 1854 they purchased about 120 hectares to establish their Rockmount property. The couple lived long and productive lives, raising 15 children. One of their sons, Isaac, donated the land for the Anglican church, which was consecrated in 1889.

Generations later, descendants still live around the Ellendale district and wider Derwent Valley. Fittingly, the church service to commemorate the restoration of the family grave will be conducted by the Reverend Ellen Clark.

All are welcome and those attending are asked to RSVP to Shayne on 0429 891 102. The family history book The Clarks of Ellendale will be available for $50 (cash only).

Top photo: A sketch of Ellendale pioneers Alice and James Clark.

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