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Biographical entry Rix, Henry Finch (1848 - 1906)

12 January 1848
Woolwich, Kent, England
27 February 1906
Prahran, Victoria, Australia


Henry Finch Rix was an inspector in the Victorian Education Department from 1885 until his death. He was a pioneer of teachers' congresses, an early advocate of school libraries and a supporter of the Arbor Day programme and played an important part in the establishment of the royal commission on technical education chaired by Theodore Fink. The Rix Medals, named in his honour, were awarded annually to the best girl and best boy at the Melbourne Continuation School (renamed Melbourne High School in 1912) from 1907 to 1927.



1867 - 1874
Career position - Teacher at Ironbark Hill, Sandhurst (Bendigo), Carlton, and Grenville College in Ballarat
1874 - 1884
Career position - Mathematics Master at Wesley College, Melbourne
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at the University of Melbourne
1885 - 1904
Career position - Inspector for the Victorian Education Department
Career position - Senior Inspector for the Victorian Education Department

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