The trials of W. L. Neale

Selth, DV 1970 , 'The trials of W. L. Neale' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 104 , pp. 51-64 , doi: https://doi.org/10.26749/rstpp.104.51.

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W. L. Neale, the Chief Inspector of the Education
Department of South Australia, was invited
to accept appointment as Director of Education in
Tasmania in 1905. His attempts to centralise
control of the Department antagonised the local
Boards of Advice and his curricular innovations
confused the many incompetent teachers, whom
he rebuked and criticised publicly. The opposition
of these two groups to Neale was so bitter that
three Royal Commissions were held to investigate
allegations made against him. The few competent
teachers supported Neale, but his own lack of tact
alienated public opinion and Parliament accepted
the recommendation of the third Commission to
terminate his services.
His ability was outstanding and his dismissal a
sad setback to education in Tasmania.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Selth, DV
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
DOI / ID Number: https://doi.org/10.26749/rstpp.104.51
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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