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Biographical entry Parker, Henry Thomas (1890 - 1957)

27 April 1890
Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
22 May 1957
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Educator and Psychologist


Henry Parker initially studied to become a priest, but was never ordained. Instead he became a leader in the development of educational psychology and a major player in the Tasmanian education system. He was on the staff of the Philip Smith Training College in Hobart from 1922-1942 and was responsible for establishing the Tasmanian Education Department's first psychological clinic. He also established specialist classes, including those for the gifted and Welfare Schools for slow learners. Parker was also first chairman of the Australian branch of the British Psychological Society; an original member of the Australian Council for Educational Research; and President of the Tasmanian Free Library Movement at the time of his death.



1907 -
Career position - Joined the Department of Public Instruction
Education - Completed teacher training at Teachers' College
1910 - 1914
Career position - Taught in New South Wales
1914 - 1915
Career position - Temporary Assistant at Battery Point State School in Hobart
1915 - 1920
Career position - Teacher-in-charge of schools at Gormanston, Westbury, Strahan and Penguin in Tasmania
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at the University of Tasmania
Education - Master of Arts (MA) completed at the University of Tasmania
Career position - Taught in Sydney and Melbourne
1922 - 1942
Career position - Supervisor for special classes and staff member of Philip Smith Training College in Hobart
Career position - Established the Girls' Welfare School
Career position - Established the Boys' Welfare School
1933 - 1942
Career position - Departmental Psychologist and Supervisor of Research (at Philip Smith Training College?)
c. 1934
Career position - Established classes for intellectually gifted at the Elizabeth Street School
Career position - Established a Psychologists Office within the Education Department of Tasmania
1944 - 1955
Career position - Education Officer and Chief Psychologist in the Education Department

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