Andrew Inglis Clark 1891

Andrew Inglis Clark believed that the Constitution should be a living document, capable of meeting the needs of each generation.

Portrait of Andrew Inglis Clark, taken from a photograph of the Australasian Federation Conference delegates, Melbourne, February 1890. Photographer: Johnstone, O’Shannessy & Co.
Portrait of Andrew Inglis Clark, taken from a photograph of the Australasian Federation Conference delegates, Melbourne, February 1890. Photographer: Johnstone, O’Shannessy & Co. NAA: A1200, L13363

Andrew Inglis Clark (1848–1907) was an ardent admirer of the American Republic and its Bill of Rights. He presented his own draft of the Constitution to the 1891 federal convention. In 1898, Inglis Clark was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

Audio:   Re-creation of speech by Andrew Inglis Clark, ‘Official record of the proceedings and debates of the Australasian Federation Conference, 1890’, 11 February 1890 p. 36. Original printed document NAA: A1194, 45.30/12308

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We are proud to have sprung from the same race as the inhabitants of the British Isles. I believe, however, that it is our destiny to produce a different type of manhood from that which exists in those Islands. I believe a different type of manhood has already developed itself in the United States of America…

Andrew Inglis Clark