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The Frank Tate portrait was unveiled by Premier Steve Bracks on Friday 20th May 2012. The portrait was a gift of MHSOBA  (Melbourne High School Old Boys Association ) to the school to mark the centenary of state secondary education. It now hangs at the foot of the northern staircase under the stained glass window where Frank Tate is represented with the school.

Frank Tate CMG (18 June 1864 – 28 June 1939) was an Australian educationist who is best remembered for his efforts in expanding secondary education in Victoria, Australia. In March 1902 he was appointed the first Director of Education in Victoria at the age of 38. 

When Tate retired from the education department in 1928 no fewer than 128 higher elementary schools and 36 high schools had been established in Victoria, and there had been an increase of 50 per cent in the number of technical schools. Tate had also paid two visits to London and had sat on commissions dealing with education in New Zealand, Fiji, and Southern Rhodesia. After his retirement in 1928, Tate became president (1930–39) of the Australian Council for Educational Research and never lost his interest in educational problems.


Address:Forest Hill, Melbourne High School, South Yarra, 3141
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.835256
Long: 144.994697
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Monument Type:Art
Monument Theme:People


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Director of Education, Victoria, 1902-1928

Presented to Melbourne High School by MHSOBA Inc. to mark the centenary of state secondary education.

Unveiled 20th May 2005 by the Premier of Victoria, The Honourable Steve Bracks MLA.

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