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Biographical entry Rolleston, Christopher (1817 - 1888)


27 July 1817
Burton-Joyce, Nottinghamshire, England
9 April 1888
Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia
Public servant


Christopher Rolleston was Registrar-General 1855-1864. In 1856 he launched the compulsory registration of births, deaths and marriages, based upon statistical principles introduced earlier in Victoria by W.H. Archer. The details required on the new registration forms made the records among the fullest and most useful in the world. He later became Auditor-General (1864-1883) and was heavily involved in many external bodies including: President of Philosophical (later Royal) Society of New South Wales; Director of the European Assurance Society; Director of the Mercantile Bank of Sydney; Director of the Australian Gaslight Co; superannuation fund commissioner; a trustee of the Australian Club; an official trustee of the Australian Museum; and chairman of the Government Asylums Board for the Infirm and Destitute.



1842 - 1853
Career position - Commissioner of crown lands in Darling Downs
Career position - Private Secretary to the Governor-General, Sir William Denison
1855 - 1864
Career position - Registrar-General
1864 - 1883
Career position - Auditor-General
Career position - President of the imperial royal commission into alleged kidnapping of natives of the Loyalty Islands
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)

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