Clarke Hill was named by John Clarke from Killarney who arrived in 1836 on the Tam O’ Shanter. He was a grazier and publican and lived at Yankallila, Myponga, and Wattle Flat, where he was the first European settler and where he died in 1890. His house ‘Wattleville’ is still standing. The Clarkes were Catholics and because there was no Catholic Church in Adelaide John married Catherine Taggart from Dublin in Holy Trinity Church on North Terrace shortly after she arrived on the William Nichol. John Clarke provided much of the financial support for the establishment of the Catholic Church at Normanville. Before that church was built, Mass was sometimes said in the Clarke home
R F William, To Find the Way: history of the western Fleurieu Peninsula, Yankalilla and District Historical Society, 1985
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“Clarke Hill,” Irish Place Names in Australia, accessed July 19, 2018, http://irishplaces.flinders.edu.au/items/show/209.