Charles Fenner

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Office Bearers of the Ballarat School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club, 1915. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 7749)
Letter from the Ballarat School of Mines Concerning training of Returned Soldiers, Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 7773)
Dear Sir.
On the 25th February last my Council adopted a resolution to the effect that application from returned soldiers for free tuition at this school would be favorably considered. At the Council meeting held on Friday last, the 25th inst., the matter was further discussed and, at Colonel Bolton's suggestion, it was decided that it would be in the best interests of the movement, if application for admission were received through your association.
The undermentioned gentlemen were appointed as a sub-committee to receive such application and will be very pleased to interview any soldiers whom you would recommend as trainees.
Yours faithfully
Joseph A. Day
Sub committee:- Col. W.K. Bolton, Mr T. Hurley. Mr R. Stephenson, The Principal of the Science School (Mr C.E. Fenner), and the Principal of the Art School (Mr H. H. Smith)

Charles Albert Fenner was born 18 May 1884 at Dunach, Victoria, and died 9 June 1955.[1]

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History

Charles Fenner was educated at Dunach Secondary School. In 1901, Fenner worked for the Education Department at Rocky Lead and the Portland district. He later obtained a certificate and Diploma of Education at the Teacher's Training College, Melbourne. Fenner studied Science at the University of Melbourne, finishing in 1913 with first class honors in Geology and the Kernot Research Scholarship.

In 1914, Fenner lectured in Geology, Mining Geology and Mineralogy at the Ballarat School of Mines[2] and on 3 July 1914, he was appointed joint Principal. During this time he was highly praised as both Principal and teacher until his resignation on 4 November 1916.[3]

"Throughout his appointment he has fulfilled his duties with zeal and enthusiasm that merit the highest praise. He is an organiser of exceptional ability and his keen insight into the needs of technical education has enabled him to place the departments under his control on a higher level of efficiency than they have ever before reached...examiners have... specially commented on the excellence of the work done by his students...he has the power of inspiring in his students a love for the subjects he teaches."[4]

Fellow of the Royal Geological Society, London (1915)[5], First President of the Ballarat Science Society (1915), President of the Ballarat Science and Field Naturalists Club (1916-1917).[6], Director of Education of South Australia (1936-46).[7].

Legacy

Author of Physiography of Mansfield District and Occurrence of Quartz in Basalt.[8]

See also

Ballarat Science and Field Naturalists Club

Ballarat School of Mines

Repatriation

H. H. Smith

Notes


References

  1. Perry W, A History of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat 1870-1982, The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Limited, Ballarat, 1984
  2. McCallum, M. (1916) Ballarat & District Citizens & Sports, Ballarat.
  3. Perry W, A History of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat 1870-1982, The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Limited, Ballarat, 1984
  4. Testimonial from Ballarat School of Mines Council upon Charles Fenner's resignation, 2 November 1916
  5. McCallum, M. (1916) Ballarat & District Citizens & Sports, Ballarat.
  6. Minute Book of the Ballarat School of Mines Science and Field Naturalists Club, 1915-1918.
  7. Perry W, A History of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat 1870-1982, The School of Mines and Industries Ballarat Limited, Ballarat, 1984
  8. McCallum, M. (1916) Ballarat & District Citizens & Sports, Ballarat.


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