Biographical entry Rusden, Henry Keylock (1826 - 1910)
- 30 January 1826
Leith Hill Place, Surrey, England
- 10 April 1910
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Public servant and Polemicist
Henry Keylock Rusden was an autodidact who relished disputation and was a founder of the Eclectic Society in 1867 and a member of the Royal Society of Victoria. He was an amateur scientist who believed that every entity was subject to law and every human act and natural event had necessary, measurable consequences.
Born Leith Hill Place, near Dorking, Surrey, England, 30 January 1826. Died Melbourne, 10 April 1910. Arrived New South Wales 1834. Various jobs in the Riverina from 1841; joined the gold rushes in New England and Victoria; joined the Victorian public service 1853; accountant, Police Department, Victoria to 1891. Founder, Eclectic Society 1867 and member until it was disbanded 1894; founder, Sunday Free Discussion Society 1870; secretary, Royal Society of Victoria 1870-73, and 1877 and vice-president 1891-1900; secretary, Yorick Club; secretary, Cremation Society. Partly responsible for the first Australian legalisation of cremation, in Victoria in 1903.
Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
- Henry Keylock Rusden - Records, 1897, A 2269; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
- Smith, F. B., 'Rusden, Henry Keylock (1826-1910)', in Bede Nairn (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 6, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1976, pp. 73-74. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A060084b.htm. Details
- 'Rusden, Henry Keylock', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1463192. Details
- Science and the making of Victoria, with Royal Society of Victoria, 2001, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/smv/scripts/smv-dynindex.php3?EID=P000144. Details
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