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Archer, William Henry (1825 - 1909)

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Statistician and Amateur scientist
Born: 13 November 1825  London, England.  Died: 29 April 1909  Windsor, England.
William Henry Archer, a London actuary, emigrated to Australia in 1852 to work for the Victorian Civil Service. By 1859 he was Registrar General and was Secretary for Lands 1874-78. As well as being an eminent statistician he was an amateur microscopist and agronomist.

Career Highlights
Employed as clerk to read the Act introducing compulsory civil registration of births, deaths and marriages, and recommending a plan for the guidance of the registrar-general 1853. Held some temporary appointments, legal work, articles and gave lectures from 1879. His botanical and zoological studies were encouraged by Ferdinand von Mueller.

1841 - 1850Clerk and Actuarial Trainee at the Medical, Invalid and General Life Assurance Co., UK
1850 - 1852Managing Actuary of the Catholic, Law and General Life Assurance Co., UK
1852Arrived in Australia (Melbourne)
1853Acting Registrar-General of the Victorian Civil Service
1854 - 1859Assistant Registrar-General with the Victorian Civil Service
1859 - 1863Registrar-General for the Victorian Civil Service
c. 1864 - Law degree completed at University of Melbourne
1867Called to the Bar
1868 - 1874Registrar of Titles in Victoria
1874 - 1878Secretary of Lands and Survey in Victoria
1878 - 1879Lawyer for a life assurance company in Sydney

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