Robert Clark, born 8th of November 1841 in Northumberland, England. Came to Australia aged 12 years old with his mother, brother and stepfather to join the Ballarat gold rush. Clark and family located to Sandhurst (Bendigo) where he worked in company mines as a wage earner. It is reported that Clark abhorred the conditions and hardships of life for miners. Clarke was involved, reported began, the campaign for the miners eight-hour day. Clark was leader of the Sandhurst Miners' Association and went on to become a trade union leader in the Amalgamated Miners' Association of Victoria and politician. 
Edward J. Bateman was Clark's partner in 1867.
--Lyndel Ward 21:46, 22 December 2011 (EST)