Alex J Clark was a well known Hobart funeral company, that operated for more than 100 years. Its founder, Alexander Clark (snr) originally worked as a cabinet maker who specialised in coffin-making before establishing an undertaking firm in the early 1840s. After his death in 1900 his eldest son, Alexander James Clark took over the business, renaming it Alex Clark & Son Ltd. By 1911 the company had expanded and was located in Collins Street, Hobart and in Huonville. Alexander James and his wife Sarah parented four sons, including Alexander Joseph Clark (born 1873), who remained with his father's company, James Purcell Clark (born 1876), who became a barrister, and two brothers, William (1878) and Eaton (1880) who broke away from the family business in 1910 and formed a rival funeral company, Clark Bros. Alexander James died in 1923, after being knocked down by a car. Alexander Joseph Clark, meanwhile, erected Hobart's first crematorium at Cornelian Bay in 1936 and was appointed cremation authority by the State Government. Shortly after Alexander Joseph's death in 1959 H.C Millington Pty Ltd bought Alex Clark & Son Ltd. He was survived by a son, Alexander Joseph Clark, a.k.a 'Sonny.' Sonny died in 1996, without having ever married.