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Prescott, Charles John
1857-1946

WM minister and noted educationalist in New South Wales, Australia. He was born at Bridport, Dorset and educated at Kingswood School, Worcester College, Oxford and Handsworth College. Arriving in Sydney in 1882, in 1886 he became the first Headmaster of the Methodist Ladies College, Burwood NSW and also established a co-educational kindergarten, probably the first in the colony. In 1900 he moved to Newington College, Stanmore as President and Headmaster, the first to hold that dual office. He became spokesman for other headmasters in negotiations with government, university and Department of Education. He was founder and several times chairman of the Teachers Association of NSW, the Headmasters' Association (foundation chairman, 1923) and the Teachers Central Registry. He was elected President of the Australian Conference in 1910.

Sources

  • Peter L. Swain, Charles John Prescott (Sydney, 1978)
  • Dictionary of Australian Biography

Entry written by: EGC
Category: Person

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