Twenty-one year old John Clarke from Killarney arrived in Adelaide on the Tam O’Shanter in 1836. In 1840 he married newly arrived Dubliner Catherine Taggart in Holy Trinity Church: no Catholic Church was available at that time. The Clarkes set down in Yankalilla, Myponga and Wattle Flat southern areas. The steep hill at Myponga was named for the family. One of their children described the harsh times travelling on these roads: ‘up the steep Clark’s (sic) Hill, down the other side to the flooded creek, we had to push the coach and horses through this’ on and on until they arrived at the Myponga Hotel ‘covered in mud and muck’. The Clarkes were publicans and graziers in the south, and supported the Catholic church that was later built at Normanville. Family lore has it that they made and sold poteen. As with Paddy Coglin, John Clarke gave a long life to the young Colony. He died at Wattle Flat in 1890.
“John Clarke,” Irish Place Names in Australia, accessed December 14, 2017, http://irishplaces.flinders.edu.au/items/show/368.