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Anne Remens Clarke

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "Anne Remens Clarke", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 18 August 2018

CLARKE, Anne Theresa (Miss REMENS; Miss REMANS; Miss REMMANS; RIMON; Ann Theresa REMAINS; Mrs. Michael CLARKE; Anne REMENS CLARKE)

Soprano vocalist, actor, dancer, theatre manager

Born ? England, c.1806
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 13 August 1834 (immigrant per Strathfieldsay)
Married Michael Clarke, Trinity Church, Hobart Town, 25 October 1834
Active until 1847 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

CLARKE, Michael

? Theatre musician, former military bandsman, vocalist, actor

Active 1830s-40s



Of the various version of her ealiest stage name, "Miss Remens" appears most often in London playbills, and so that spelling has been preferred here for her indentifying tag, despite "Remans" being slightly more usual in Australian bills.

As the London Athenaeum noted early in 1835: "We observe by the Hobart Town Courier, that among the 286 Female Emigrants who went out in the Strathfieldsay were Miss Remans from the English Opera House, and Miss Rudelhoff from the Royalty; both were, it appears, instantly engaged by the manager of the Hobart Town Theatre". Anne and her husband Michael Clarke returned to England in 1841 where they engaged the Howson brothers, Emma Young, Theodosia Stirling, and Jerome Carandini for the Hobart 1842 season. Clarke gave what may have been her Australian farewell performance in Melbourne in November 1847. According to Gyger, Civilising the colonies, 40, Michael Clarke was a former military bandsman who had previously played in Sydney theatre (but see the violinist CLARK above).


The theatrical observer and daily bills of play (1 July to 31 December 1833), various, including:

8 July 1833

9 July 1833

12 July 1833

13 July 1833

16 July 1833

21 August 1833

22 August 1833

Arrivals, female immigrants, Strathfieldsay, 13 August 1834; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:402310; MB2/39/1/2 P109

Rimon, Ann T.

"TRADE AND SHIPPING", The Hobart Town Courier (15 August 1834), 3

"Domestic Intelligence", Colonial Times (19 August 1834), 6

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (19 August 1834), 3

[News], The Hobart Town Courier (22 August 1834), 2

"Domestic Intelligence", Colonial Times (26 August 1834), 7

[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Courier (10 October 1834), 3

Marriage register, Trinity Church, Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:821067; RGD36/1/2 no 2523

Michael Clarke, Ann Theresa Remains, 25 October 1834

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (4 November 1834), 3

"Mrs. Clark (Late Miss Remens)

"Theatrical Emigrants", The Athenaeum 382 (21 February 1835), 156

Theatrical Emigrants. - We observe by the Hobart Town Courier, that among the 286 Female Emigrants who went out in the Strathfieldsay were Miss Remans from the English Opera House, and Miss Rudelhoff from the Royalty; both were, it appears, instantly engaged by the manager of the Hobart Town Theatre, and made their first appearance in "The Lord of the Manor," the former as Annette, and the latter as Peggy, and, we are happy to add, were received with approbation. Theatricals, indeed, seem prospering in the colony. The Launceston Independant announces, among forthcoming novelties, an entire new drama to be called, "The Bandit of the Rhine," written by E. H. Thomas, Esq.

Baptism register, Trinity Church, Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:1083880; RGD32/1/2/ no 6213

Anne Theresa Clarke, daughter of Michael and Anne Theresa Clarke, baptised Trinity Church, Hobart, 11 October 1835, born 22 September 1835

"THE VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (6 September 1838), 2

Mrs Clarke's claims on the generosity of the Sydney public are based more upon her abilities as a songstress than as an actress. On the Sydney stage, in the former, she has no rival, nor, indeed, with the exception of Mrs. Chester, have we ever had an actress of equal musical abilities. Independent, altogether, of her claims as a musician and an actress, Mrs. Clarke has still higher claims on the consideration of her own sex; she is in public, and, we are informed, in private life a woman of the most irreproachable character, and purity of character on the stage, we are sorry to say, is so much of a rarity in these days, that we hold it to be the imperative duty of the virtuous portion of the community to encourage and reward it, whenever, as now, it is within the compass of their power.

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Courier (28 January 1842), 2

[Advertisement: Letter from Michael Clarke], The Courier (13 January 1843), 1

"PORT PHILLIP. MRS. CLARKE'S BENEFIT", Colonial Times (5 November 1847), 3

As this will be probably the last time Mrs. Clarke will appear before a Melbourne audience, we trust the public will not lose the opportunity of hearing a really good song.

"THE MELBOURNE STAGE IN THE FORTIES. By J. S. No. IV.", The Argus (7 June 1890), 4

On the 1st September [1847], a Mr. and Mrs. Clarke arrived from Tasmania. Both of them were vocalists, and the lady added dancing to her other accomplishments. There was a succession of musical pieces, and "Kate Kearney", "Giovanni in London", "Love in a Village", and "The Waterman" figured on the bills. But the influenza must have seriously interfered with the theatre, disabling the company and diminishing the audiences . . . The Clarkes made their last appearance and took a benefit in "Guy Mannering" and "No Song No Supper" on the 18th of October . . .

Bibliography and resources:

Elizabeth Webby, "Anne Clarke", in Philip Parsons (ed.), Companion to theatre in Australia (Sydney, 1995)

Gyger 1999

Alison Alexander, "Anne Clarke"

Anae 2005

"Anne Clarke (theatre manager)", Wikipedia

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