Who is David Clark - The Clark Family Australia

May 24, 2024, 11:04 am

Who on earth is David Clark

So who am I and where do I fit into the family tree?

I was born on the 26th of May, 1961, to my birth mother, Devona Clara Ann Robinson, who put me up for adoption. My birth name is Robert (Robinson/McInnes).

At the time Devona had just finished being in a relationship with Gordon McInnes who is my biological father. Gordon originally came from Scotland with his family at the age of 7. Gordon went on the marry his wonderful wife Dawn but they never had any children together. Dawn's children from her first marriage were raised by Gordon and Dawn.

So how is a Clark a Robinson?

I was adopted by Denise Victoria Clark and her second husband Lionel Clark. At the time they were living in Deborah Street in Geebung, a northern suburb of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

Lionel was an auditor with the Auditor Generals office (and aspiring artist) and Denise was a housewife. Denise later established the Poodle Parlor (Pamper?) at Bowen Hills. The building is still standing at the time I write this. This enabled my mother to embrace her passion for working with pedigree poodles and had many of the dogs she groomed appearing in the local newspapers.

Denise divorced Lionel when I was around 3-4 years old and was then in a de-facto relationship with John Guilfoyle for 8-9 years. John was a baker by trade.

Denise went on to never marry again, remaining single, and spent all of her efforts raising me and building a thriving cattery (and lesser dog boarding kennels) which she remained working in until two years before her death in 1982.

So I am a McInnes and Robinson by birth, but Clark by adoption.

How is the Robinson name from Germany?

In 1871 thirty year old Bernhard Johann Fritz Busing (German spelling: B├╝sing) arrived from Rostock, Germany, on August 12 1871, on the Frieldburg at Morton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Bernhard was accompanied by his wife, Pauline Wilhelmina (nee Reiher) (age 31) with their children Carl (age 3) and Franz (age 1).

Bernhard and Pauline's son, Chales Christian Conrad Frederick William John Busing married Jemima Knight, and they had three children (Ernest, Arthur and Vera). Jemima later died and Charles went on to marry Mary Ann Tucker and a further child was born, Charles Frederick Busing.

Bernhard later died and Mary Ann went on to marry Walter Robinson and they had no children. It cannot be confirmed if a full official adoption of the children was registered but the youngest child, Charles, was from then on known as Charles Frederick Robinson.

Charles Frederick Robinson is my grandfather. His wife Annie Devona (nee Stonier) had eight children and Devona Robinson, my biological mother, was their eldest daughter.

Annie is decended from the English families of Tunstall and Ousman who migrated to Australia.

Other family links to me come through my lovely wife, Rose-Marie Clark (nee Morel) from Seychelles.

Having two sets of family (biological and adopted) puts me in a very unique and blessed position.

Below is a snapshot from our private family tree website showing a graphic representation of this branch of the family tree.

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