Thomas Stephens (educationist)

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Thomas Stephens, , FGS , (4 October 1830 – 25 November 1913) was an Australian educationist. [1]

Geological Society of London learned society

The Geological Society of London, known commonly as the Geological Society, is a learned society based in the United Kingdom. It is the oldest national geological society in the world and the largest in Europe with more than 12,000 Fellows. Fellows are entitled to the postnominal FGS, over 2,000 of whom are Chartered Geologists (CGeol). The Society is a Registered Charity, No. 210161. It is also a member of the Science Council, and is licensed to award Chartered Scientist to qualifying members.

Stephens was second son of the Rev. William Stephens, B.A., vicar of Levens, Westmoreland, England. [2] The family came originally from the South of England, but a branch of it was settled for many years in County Cavan, Ireland, where they held considerable landed property. Mr. Stephens' grandfather was vicar of Castletown, Delvin, co. Westmeath. His father migrated to England, after being ordained, and remained, until his death in 1864, in charge of the Westmoreland parish. [2]

County Cavan County in the Republic of Ireland

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Thomas Stephens was born at Levens, Westmorland in 1830, received his education at Marlborough College, proceeding thence to Oxford in 1850. Here he entered first at The Queen's College, Oxford, where his elder brother, Professor William Stephens, of the University of Sydney, was afterwards Fellow and Tutor; but subsequently obtained a scholarship at Magdalen Hall, now Hertford College. In 1854, he took his B.A. degree, and ten years later received that of M.A. [2] In 1855 Stephens emigrated to Victoria (Australia), intending to follow pastoral pursuits, but was attracted to Tasmania in the following year, and in 1857 accepted the appointment of Inspector of Schools under the Northern Board of Education. On the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Boards in 1863 he was appointed Inspector of Schools for the Colony, a title subsequently altered to Chief Inspector of Schools. While occupying this position, Stephens had a large and important share in the organisation of the system of primary education, and was the first to introduce a standard of instruction for the schools, and a scheme of classification for teachers. [2]

Levens, Cumbria village in the United Kingdom

Levens is a village and civil parish in the South Lakeland district of the English county of Cumbria. It has a population of 1,007, increasing to 1,049 at the 2011 Census. The village lies four miles (6.4 km) south of Kendal off the A6 and A590 roads. Levens Hall is within the parish.

Westmorland historic county in England

Westmorland is a historic county in north west England. It formed an administrative county between 1889 and 1974, after which the whole county was administered by the new administrative county of Cumbria. In 2013, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, formally recognised and acknowledged the continued existence of England's 39 historic counties, including Westmorland.

Marlborough College school in Marlborough, Wiltshire in England

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On the passing of the Education Act in 1885, which placed the Department under the direct control of a Minister of the Crown, the offices of Chief Inspector and Secretary were amalgamated, and Stephens was appointed permanent head, with the title of Director of Education. [2] In the years 1861–62, he was an active member of the Northern Board of Works, under whose direction the principal lines of road through the then little known North-Eastern and North-Western districts were planned and commenced. Stephens was the author of a number of papers, chiefly on geological subjects, contributed to the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, of which Society he was one of the Vice-Presidents. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, and a member of the Council of the University of Tasmania. [2] Stephens died in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on 25 November 1913. [1]

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University of Tasmania public university located in Tasmania, Australia

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Hobart City in Tasmania, Australia

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References

  1. 1 2 Smith, Neil. "Stephens, Thomas (1830–1913)". Australian Dictionary of Biography . Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Mennell,Philip (1892)." Wikisource-logo.svg   Stephens, Thomas".The Dictionary of Australasian Biography.London:Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource