George Robert Parkin
|Sir George Robert Parkin
8 February 1846|
Salisbury, New Brunswick
|Died||25 June 1922
|Spouse(s)||Annie Connell Fisher|
Life and career
Born at Parkindale near Salisbury, New Brunswick, he was a graduate from the University of New Brunswick. From 1867 to 1871, he taught at the Bathurst Grammar School. From 1872 to 1889, he was the headmaster of the Fredericton Collegiate School, where the poets Charles G.D. Roberts, Bliss Carman, and Francis Sherman came under his influence. He attended the University of Oxford in 1873–1874. From 1895 to 1902, he was the headmaster of Upper Canada College.
He was the organizing secretary of the Rhodes Trust (1902–1922) and the Toronto Round Table Group (1910–1922). Lord Milner was an ardent admirer of Parkin's imperial ideas. He was the author of Imperial Federation: The Problem of National Unity (1892) and a school textbook, Round the Empire.
He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1898 and Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 1920 New Year Honours for his work with the Rhodes Trust.
He was the maternal grandfather of the philosopher George Grant.
- Parker ed., C.W. Who's Who and Why: Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916. p. 1139.
- "No. 31712". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1919. p. 4.
- Works written by or about George Robert Parkin at Wikisource
- "George Robert Parkin". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- Works by George Parkin at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about George Robert Parkin at Internet Archive
- "Apostle of Empire" : Sir George Parkin and imperial federation by Terry Cook.