About the Diaries

Charles Septimus Clarke wrote a daily record of events in his life. These diaries were passed through the family, then handed on the Warkworth Museum for safe keeping. Unfortunately some diaries are missing (some from key periods in his life), but 29 volumes survive – including those kept throughout the years of WW1. Vern Smith and his daughter Raewyn Hooper, descendants of CS Clarke, have embarked upon a project to digitize the diaries and eventually make them available on the web in their entirety. That web site can be found at:


The “War Time Diaries” site is a sub-project in which Raewyn will endeavour to publish the diaries from 100 years ago in real time to cover the period of the “Great War”, starting with August 1914 and continuing until November 1918.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about the diaries.