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John Woolley

(1816—1866) educationist


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(1816–66), born Hampshire, England, was first principal and professor of classics at the University of Sydney. He arrived in Sydney in 1849 to prepare for the opening of the University in 1852. An influential educationalist, he was particularly prominent in an attempt to expand the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts. He was also well known in literary circles and was friendly with N.D. Stenhouse, Henry Kendall, J. Sheridan Moore and Daniel Deniehy. Some of his Australian lectures were collected and published in 1862, titled Lectures Delivered in Australia.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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