Recording Pioneers


Arthur Spottiswoode CLARKE  1885 - 1952   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

PIONEER

Arthur Spottiswoode CLARKE  1885 - 1952

aka Arthur S. Clarke, A. S. Clarke, Arthur Clarke, A. Clarke
nationality
occupation
birth .. Jan/Feb/March 1885, Pewsey, Wiltshire, ENGLAND (FreeBMD 5a 187)
baptism
death 22 Nov 1952, Bedfont, Middlesex South, Middlesex (67y) (GRO 5f 79)
burial
marriage (1) married in .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1915, Pewsey, Wiltshire to:
Bessie E. (= Edith?) LENTON

b. ............
d. ..............


A Bessie Edith LENTON was born in .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1878 in Alderbury/Salesbury, Wiltshire (identical?)
children
marriage (2) married on .. July/Aug/Sep 1925, Wandsworth, Surrey to:
Jean Stevenson GALBRAITH

b. .... <1895>, ..........
d. ..................

children

PARENTS

father Thomas CLARKE

b. ca. 1853, Hatfield, Doncaster, Yorkshire
d. ..............) doctor/surgeon

mother Anna Wardlaw .......

b. ca. 1853, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, SCOTLAND
d. ..............

marriage Thomas and Anna got married ca. 1878.
children
  • Thomas Alexander

    b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1881, Pewsey, Wiltshire
    d. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1967 Surrey South Eastern, Surrey (86y)

  • Anna Spottiswoode

    b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1883, Pewsey, Wiltshire, ENGLAND
    d. ...............

  • Arthur Spottiswoode

    b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1885, Pewsey, Wiltshire, ENGLAND
    d. 22 Nov 1952, Bedfont, Middlesex South, Middlesex (67y) (GRO 5f 79

  • Alice Margaret

    b. .. Apr/May/June 1887, Pewsey, Wiltshire, ENGLAND
    d. .........................

  • Harold

    b. 7 Dec 1888 (.. Jan/Feb/Mar 1889), Pewsey, Wiltshire
    d. ......................

  • Mary

    b. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1890(?), Wandsworth, London
    d. .......................


LIFE


1901 CENSUS, 88 Bolingbroke Grove, London, SW 11:
Thomas CLARKE (48y)
Anna W. ....... (48y)
children:
- Thos. A. (20y)(b. <1881>, Pewsey)
- Anna S. (18y)(b. <1883>)
- Arthur S. (16y)(b. <1885>, Pewsey)
- Alice M. (14y)(b. <1887>)
- Harold (12y)(b. <1889>, Pewsey)
- Mary (10y)(b. <1891>, Wandsworth, London)



1911 CENSUS, 88 Bolingbroke Grove, London, SW 11, Battersea, London:
Thomas CLARKE (58y) (b. Doncaster, Yorkshire) general medical practitioner
Anna Wardlaw (58y) (b. Glasgow, SCOTLAND)
children:
- Thomas Alexander (30y)(b. <1881>, Pewsey, Wiltshire) single general medical practitioner
- Anna Spottiswoode (28y)(b. <1883>), Pewsey, Wiltshire) single teacher
- Arthur Spottiswoode (26y)(b. <1885>, Pewsey, Wiltshire) single mechanical engineer working at gramophone company
- Alice M. (24y)(b. <1887>)
- Harold (22y)(b. <1889>, Pewsey)
- Mary (20y)(b. <1891>, Wandsworth, London)



recorder GRAMCO (1908-1911) (x y z)

resident recording expert of The Gramophone Company in India between 1914 and 1916 (source: Kinnear)



Arthur S. CLARKE (40y; SINGLE) engineer
+ Brenchley MITTELL; Married
SS "MAURETANIA"
dep.: ....
arr.: 18 April 1925, NY
business c/o The Victor Talking Machine Co., Camden, NJ
Father: T. CLARKE, Bolingbroke Grove, London, SW 11
B. Mittell is mentioned at the top of letter from H. A. M. Clark with list of engineers (9 March 1954)

Arthur S. CLARKE (40y) engineer
SS "OLYMPIC"
dep.: .. May 1925, New York, USA
arr.: 5 June 1925, Southampton, ENGLAND
Father: T. CLARKE, Bolingbroke Grove, London, SW 11



Arthur S. CLARKE (67y) recording engineer
+ Jean S. CLARKE (57y)
SS "STRATHAIRD"
dep.: 14 Feb 1952, London, ENGLAND
arr.: 20 Mar 1952, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Home address: 204 Staines Road, Bedfont, Middlesex

Arthur S. CLARKE (67y) recording engineer
+ Jean S. CLARKE (57y)
SS "STRATHMORE"
dep.: 9 May 1952, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
arr.: 17 June 1952, Tilbury (London), ENGLAND
Home address: 204 Staines Road, Bedfont, Middlesex


residence in 1927/1930/1932/1943/1952: Gwynne Lodge, 204 Staines Road, Bedfont, Middlesex
In British Phone Books of 1954: Jean S. Clarke, 204 Staines Road, Bedfont, Middlesex


NOTES

  • The Gramophone Company's First Indian Recordings. 1899-1908 by Michael Kinnear, p. 32
  • On Wax (in: The Age (Melbourne) of 14 Feb 1952, p. 2) online article
  • Orchestra Records: English Expert Arrives (in: The Sydney Morning Herald of 21 March 1952) online article
  • World Audience For Sydney Symphony: Orchestra Ready To Go On Record (in: The Sydney Morning Herald of 29 March 1952) online article
  • Acoustics of Hall by R. G. Allingham (in: The Sydney Morning Herald of 2 April 1952) online article
  • Mahler Symphony To Be Recorded Here (in: The Sydney (Sunday) Morning Herald of 20 April 1952) online article
  • Opus Number 50: For Trams And Orchestra (in: Sydney Morning Herald of 10 May 1952) online article


COMPANIES & LABELS


THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY


PHOTOS

From l. to r.: Harold Clarke, Bob Beckett and Douglas Larter.
(Harold Clarke is either Arthur Clarke's brother or a typo for Arthur Clarke).
Handwritten caption says: retired in 1960.
courtesy: Peter Beckett
Arthur Clarke at work (1949)
courtesy: Peter Beckett



THANK YOU


Leslie Gage
Michael Lloyd-Davies
Martha Kelley