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Hill, Rowland, Sir

Born: 1795 AD
Died: 1879 AD, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Administrators, Educators


1975 - Sir Rowland Hill born 3rd of December in Blackwell Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire.


1986 - Became a student teacher in his father's school.


1819 - Established the Hazelwood School at Edgbaston.


1833-1839 - Served as Secretary of the South Australian Colonization Commission.


1837 - Published his famous pamphlet, Post Office Reform: its Importance and Practicability.


1839 - The Penny BlackHill's plan was adopted despite strong opposition from William Leader Maberly, joint

secretary to the General Post Office. Hill was given a two-year contract to run the new system.


1840 - World's first adhesive postage stamps were distributed. With an elegant engraving of the young Queen Victoria, the Penny Black was an immediate success.


1841 - Continued at the Post Office until the Conservative Party and Sir Robert Peel returned to office.


1846 - Became Secretary to the Postmaster General.


1854-1864 - Secretary to the Post Office.


1860 - Knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.


         - Fellow of the Royal Society and was given an honorary degree from Oxford.


1879 - He died 27th of August in Hampstead, London and buried in Westminster Abbey.





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