George Christian Clauscen
George Christian Clauscen
From Victoria and its Metropolis: Past and Present...
In 1865 at the time of his marriage he was a Wireworker living in Hawthorn. 4
He resided 1885 to 1894 in "Sunnyside", cnr High & Bayview Sts, Northcote. 5
He worked as a Mayor of Fitzroy 1886 to 1887.
He worked as a Furniture Retailer before 1890 and resided at Clauscen and Foley, Gertrude St, Fitzroy. 6
He worked as a Justice of the Peace in 1888. 7
He worked as a Founder & Chairman, Clifton Hill to Northcote & Preston Tramway Company 1888 to 1889. 8 9 10
He worked as a Northcote Councillor 1890 to 1892. 11
He resided from 1905 to 1906 in "Ratho", Hampton St, Brighton. 12
He worked as a President of Victorian Bowling Association (?) in 1909. 15
He resided in 1916 in 15 South Rd, Brighton. 13
George married Louisa Thornton Gibson, daughter of William Gibson and Louisa P???? Thornton, on 7 Dec 1864 in ChristChurch, Hawthorn, Victoria.1 (Louisa Thornton Gibson was born Cal 1845 in London 4 and died in 1918 in Brighton 16.)
Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (Victoria) - Index, http://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/home, Family Name: GIBSON Given Name(s): Louisa Thornton Sex: Female Event: MARRIAGE Father's Name: Mother's Name: Spouse's Family Name: CLAUSEN Spouse's Given Name(s): George Christian Age: Birth Place: Death Place: Registration Year: 1864 Registration Number: 3595
2 Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (Victoria) - Index, http://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/home, Death.
Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (Victoria) - Index, http://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/home, Death. Family Name: CLAUSCEN Given Name(s): Geo Christian Sex: Unknown Event: DEATH Father's Name: Clauscen Hans Mother's Name: UNKNOWN - Mary Asmussen Spouse's Family Name: Spouse's Given Name(s): Age: 77 Birth Place: Death Place: Brton Registration Year: 1918 Registration Number: 485
4 Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (Victoria) - Certificate, http://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/home, Marriage.
Web (Misc), http://dhe.darebin-libraries.vic.gov.au/encyclopedia.asp?id=576. Sources:
Darebin Heritage Review 2000, volume 2.
Lemon, Andrew. "The Northcote Side of the River". North Melbourne : Hargreen, 1983
6 State Library of Victoria, Title:[Corner Young St. & Gertrude St. looking west past Brunswick St. to Nicholson St. and the Exhibition Building] [picture] Accession number(s):H11716 Date(s) of creation:[ca. 1890] Medium:1 photograph : albumen silver ; Dimensions:13.9 x 20.1 cm., on mount. Subject(s):Clauscen & Foley Wholesale Furniture Horse-drawn vehicles Victoria Fitzroy. Gertrude Street (Fitzroy, Vic.) Fitzroy (Vic.) History. Albumen prints. Location:Picture Collection - Ask at La Trobe Information Desk Call number:PCV *Small Picture File Number of items1.
7 Alexander Sutherland, Victoria and its metropolis : past and present 2 v. (Melbourne : McCarron, Bird, 1888), "J P" suffix in Biographical Index.
Web (Misc), http://www.tmsv.org.au/papers/northcote.htm. On the northeast corner of the intersection of Martin Street and High Street Northcote, there is an interesting relic of the Victorian land boom. A foundation stone on an otherwise unremarkable brick building occupied by an automotive repair shop carries the following inscription:
This stone was laid by Sir W.J. Clarke Bart. On 16th May 1889 DirectorsG.C. Clauscen Esq. Chairman I. Barnet Esq. JP D. Clifton Esq. B.J. Fink Esq. Ronald Robb Esq. Verso & Knott W.S. Forbes Builders Secretary
This was the former engine house, office and depot of the Clifton Hill to Northcote & Preston Tramway Company, one of the last physical reminders of an attempt to emulate the success of the MTOC cable tramway system, and generate large profits for a group of prominent land boomers. The Northcote line was to close and re-open twice in its early days, until it ended as part of the last cable tram route in Australia.
 Sir William J. Clarke, the first Australian baronet , died of a heart attack on a Bourke Street cable tram in 1896. His wife Janet, Lady Clarke, was notable as the creator of the Ashes cricket trophy after a social cricket match at their Sunbury country seat 'Rupertswood ' with the touring England team in 1883.
The Clarkes were one of the richest families in the colony, deriving their wealth from a huge pastoral empire established by William 'Big' Clarke, Sir William's father. Their wealth and social position was such that they dominated Victorian affairs for many years, effectively being at the summit of the colonial aristocracy, or more correctly the 'squattocracy'.
In 1889 Clarke established and funded a battery of the Victorian Horse Artillery, headquartered at Rupertswood. Rupertswood also had its own railway station on the Bendigo line. The Clarke dynasty owned one of Melbourne's great mansions, 'Cliveden', in Wellington Parade, on the site currently occupied by the Melbourne Hilton, and was a major patron of Trinity College , University of Melbourne.
 Clauscen was originally from Denmark, and was a manufacturer of furniture in Melbourne and mayor of Fitzroy in 1886.
 David Clifton was the founder of the Clifton Brickworks, otherwise known as the Northcote Brickworks, and lived in one of the first three houses built on High Street, Northcote. The brickworks site is now occupied by the Ray Bramham Gardens.
 Benjamin Josman Fink was a former Member of Parliament and one of the most notorious speculators of the land boom era. An associate of Thomas Bent in relation to land deals in Cheltenham , he also commissioned one of the landmark buildings of the land boom era in Melbourne, the heritage-listed Block Arcade in Collins Street. Fink was originally a native of Guernsey in the Channel Islands, and was a follower of Judaism.
 Verso & Knott were the prime contractors for the construction of the tramway.
 James Duncan was the brother of George Smith Duncan , one of the shareholders of the Clifton Hill to Northcote & Preston Tramway Company.
 Merged with the Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ) in 1970.
 The British Insulated Wire Company was planning to install electric tramways in Bendigo (in addition to Northcote), and established the subsidiary Electric Supply Company of Victoria to undertake this initiative, which bore fruit in 1903.
9 Web (Misc), http://dhe.darebin-libraries.vic.gov.au/encyclopedia.asp?id=796. Clauscen's greatest contribution to Northcote was the founding of the Clifton Hill to Northcote and Preston Tram Company in 1888.
10 Web (Misc), http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ncas/multimedia/gazetteer/list/northcote.html.
11 Web (Misc), http://dhe.darebin-libraries.vic.gov.au/encyclopedia.asp?id=576.
12 Sands & McDougall Melbourne Directories, State Library of Victoria MF, No entry 1907.
13 Sands & McDougall Melbourne Directories, State Library of Victoria MF.
14 Ancestry.com Online Census and BMD, www.ancestry.com, AER 1909. George Christian Clauscen - "Westra" with Louisa Thornton.
Web (Misc), http://dhe.darebin-libraries.vic.gov.au/encyclopedia.asp?id=744. On February 19, 1909, the club's green was opened with the inaugural president Lt. Col. Braithwaite playing the opening match against the incumbent President of the Victorian Bowling Association, George Clauscen.
. This may be his son G W Clauscen who was active in Bowls in 1927 (see his notes).
Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (Victoria) - Index, http://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/home, Family Name: CLAUSCEN Given Name(s): Louisa Thornton Sex: Unknown Event: DEATH Father's Name: Gibson Wm Mother's Name: THORNTON - Louisa Prouse Spouse's Family Name: Spouse's Given Name(s): Age: 73 Birth Place: Death Place: Bton Registration Year: 1918 Registration Number: 7663