Fellows of Senate

Bertie Clarence Harkness

Bertie Clarence Harkness was a Fellow of Senate from 1938 to 1939.


MA Sydney
Fellow of Senate 1938 - 1939

His career

Prior to commencing his official career in 1895, as a pupil teacher at the South Grafton Public School, Harkness received two years' journalistic experience on the 'Clarence and Richmond Examiner'. On completing his training at the Teachers' College in 1899, he assisted in rotation at the Stanmore, Parkes, and Nowra public scbools. He was headmaster of Tempe, one of the first junior technical schools, for five years and subsequently was promoted to the rank of Inspector.

He attended Sydney University, becoming senior vice-president of the University Evening Students Association in 1916 and the first evening student appointed to the Board of Directors of the University Union. He graduated BA in 1914 and MA in 1916.

As Staff Inspector of Schools, he assisted the Director in the reorganisation of junior secondary schools. In 1925 he was appointed Assistant Under-Secretary of Education. In 1929/1930 he spent seven months abroad inquiring into educational methods in America and England. By the 1930s he was Chief Inspector of Schools and Deputy Director of Education in the Department of Education, and was Acting Director of the NSW Education Department in 1920, and in 1938-9.

In 1941 he retired from the public service, and died suddenly on 12 October 1951 aged 73.

His membership of Senate

Harkness was a Fellow of Senate appointed by the Governor from 1938 to 1939.

Information from the National Library of Australia historic newspapers