Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria Australia
Janet Lady Clarke was one of Australia's great philanthropists. Born Janet Snodgrass in rural Victoria, she was employed at nineteen as governess to the four children of Sir William and Mary Clarke. In 1873 (following Mary's death as the result of a riding accident) she married Sir William Clarke - a major figure in Victoria and its largest landowner, who was later granted an hereditary peerage and the title of Baronet for his work towards the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880. Sir William and Janet Clarke were married for 25 years until Sir William's death in 1897, and had eight children to add to the four already born of Sir William's first marriage.