1846 – 1847
Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Clarke was a distinguished Irish soldier and administrator.
From having charge of all troops in Van Dieman’s Land (Tasmania) at 18 years of age, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the 46th Regiment of Infantry of Australia. Unfortunately, his strenuous military service took its toll on his health.
On 27 January 1846, at age 53, he assumed the post of Governor of Western Australia, but contracted a serious illness just six months after arriving in the colony and died early in 1847. He is buried at the East Perth cemetery.