Ernest Clark

Ernest Clark (1918-1971)

  • Fellowship 1964 

Taken from Kosa, G.A.(Ed.).  (1968). Biographical Dictionary of Australian Librarians,  p18:

Clark, Ernest Hayden BA FLAA.  The librarian Monash University Library Melbourne. Born 23 December 1918 Melbourne; son of Reginald Percy and Elsie Clark; married Robin Lorraine Knife; 2 sons, 1 daughter. Educated Scotch College Melbourne, University of Melbourne BA (Hons). 

Positions: University of Melbourne Library 1936-46, University of Tasmania Hobart librarian 1946-49, Australian National University London administration officer in the UK 1949-52, University of Malaya Singapore Librarian 1952-60, present 1960-.  Member LAA fellow.


Monash repository, April 2008:

As part of our contribution to the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the University, Marta Chiba, a former Library director and branch manger, is writing a history of the Library. Here she gives us a glimpse of the early years. 

The library started in a bedroom of the Vice Chancellor’s house. As it continued to grow, it was moved into the gardener’s cottage, then into a warehouse of the Volkswagen Factory and later to the ground floor of the first science building of Monash University. One of the first actions of the Interim Council of Monash University was to appoint Ernest Clark, a scholar and a man of definite ideas, as University Librarian. Ernest Clark and his small group of senior staff: Brian Southwell, Chief Reference Librarian (later to be appointed as University Librarian) and Ken Horn, Acquisitions Librarian (later to become State Librarian of Victoria) laid down the principles governing the design of the Monash University Library.