An ex-drover from Somerset, ‘Big’ Clarke – William John Turner Clarke – was physically a giant but it was his influence and wealth in 19th century pastoral Australia that earned him his sobriquet.  Physically disabled and orphaned young, his story is not wholyy rags to riches but he found the odds stacked heavily against him.  His former occupation of driving cattle to the London market was an asset when he migrated to Australia in 1829 – as was his knowledge of farming, livestock, his capacity for hard work, his sharp eye for a ‘good beast’ and astute judgement in business affairs. A wonderfully real pioneer and larger than life.