Frank Darvall Newham

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Canon Frank Darvall Newham (7 June 1864[1]Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire - 6 March 1946, Kyrenia) was an Anglican priest and educator who spent most of his career in Cyprus. He was the Director of Education of Cyprus under the colonial administration (1900-1930) and founded in 1900 The English School in Nicosia. He also served as the island's Boy Scouts commissioner, and was an honorary canon of the Anglican St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem.[2] He retired in 1930[2][3]

During his term as Director of Education of Cyprus, Elementary Schools in Cyprus increased significantly and the quality of education improved substantially. In 1936, he gaveThe English School in trust to the colonial government of Cyprus and he purchased land across the Government House for the erection of a permanent building of the school.

A statue was built in his memory, next to the presidential palace, overlooking the Lloyds building. He introduced football, hockey and cricket to Cyprus. The English School's house team, Newham, was also named after him.[3]

In the course of an around-the-world tour after he retired, he said that he planned to return to Cyprus once he finished the tour.[2] After he returned to Cyprus, he retired to Kyrenia, where he died in 1946.

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  1. ^ ,Venn, J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses
  2. ^ a b c "Cyprus Land Laws Hit By Clergyman. Peasants' Holdings Ridiculously Small, Visitor to Quebec Says". The Gazette. Montreal. June 30, 1939. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "The English School's History". English School Nicosia. Archived from the original on November 11, 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009.