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Granite column over the grave commemorates writer Marcus Clarke (1846-1881). The monument was erected "by a few South Australians as a tribute to his genius". 

A plaque was unveiled at the gravesite on the 2nd August 1981 to commemorate the centenary of his death. 

Marcus Andrew Hislop Clarke FRSA (1846 – 1881), known simply as and published as Marcus Clarke' was an English-born Australian novelist, journalist, poet, editor, librarian, playwright and magazine owner/ editor, he was best known for his 1874 novel For the Term of His Natural Life.

He was already writing stories for the Australian Magazine, when in 1867 he joined the staff of The Argus in Melbourne through the introduction of Dr. Robert Lewins. He briefly visited Tasmania in 1870 at the request of The Argus to experience at first hand the settings of articles he was writing on the convict period. Old Stories Retold began to appear in The Australasian from February. The following month his great novel His Natural Life (later called For the Term of His Natural Life) commenced serialisation in the Australasian Journal. He also became secretary (1872) to the trustees of the melbourne Athenauem and later (1876) Sub (assistant) Librarian. In 1868 he founded the Yorick Club,  which soon numbered among its members the chief Australian men of letters. 

The most famous of his books is For the Term of his Natural Life (Melbourne, 1874), a powerful tale of an Australian penal settlement.  He also wrote The Peripatetic Philosopher (1869), a series of amusing papers reprinted from The Australasian; Long Odds (London, 1870), a novel; and numerous comedies and pantomimes, the best of which was Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Theatre Royal, Melbourne ; Christmas, 1873).


ADELAIDE, Saturday.— A meeting of subscribers to the Marcus Clarke memorial fund was held at the University yesterday, Chief Justice Way presiding. It was resolved that, the subscription list, having been closed on June 16, the amount donated be devoted to the erection of a monument over the grave of Marcus Clarke in Melbourne, and that on the memorial should be inscribed the words, 'Marcus Clarke, Author,' also the date of his birth and his death, together with the words "Erected by a few South Australian admirers of his genius," and at the base "For the Term of His Natural Life." 
Evening News (Sydney), 25 June 1898. 

Location

Address:College Crescent , Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton North, 3054
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791667
Long: 144.962222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Arts
Link:http://adb.anu.edu.au/

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1898
Front Inscription

Marcus Clarke
Author

Born 24th April 1846
Died 2nd August 1881.

For the Term of His Natural Life
      
After Life`s Fitful Fever, He Sleeps Well

Erected by a few South Australians as a tribute to his genius

Plaque:

Marcus Clarke
1846 - 1881

The most gifted and prolific writer in Australia in his day.

Erected by the History Advisory Council of Victoria to the commemorate the centenary of his deth.

Unveiled 2nd August, 1981

 

Right Side Inscription

And now comes the last scene of all and it is with a sorrowful heart I pen these lines.

For memory flies back to the bright days of our early friendship when boys together.

We never found the longest day too long and whispers in mournful tones "Ah what might have been."

But it was not to be abd I bow in silent submission to the omnipotent will.


Hamilton Mackinnon
 

Source: RHSV, MA, ADB
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