William Henry Milton
Sir William Milton
|4th Administrator of Southern Rhodesia|
20 December 1901 – 1 November 1914
|Preceded by||Albert Grey|
|Succeeded by||Francis Chaplin|
|3rd Administrator of Mashonaland|
5 December 1898 – 20 December 1901
|Born||3 December 1854|
Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
|Died||6 March 1930|
|Bowling||Right-arm (unknown style)|
|Relations||Jumbo Milton (son)|
|Test debut (cap 5)||12 March 1889 v England|
|Last Test||19 March 1892 v England|
|Domestic team information|
Source: CricketArchive, 22 January 2011
Born in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and educated at Marlborough College, Milton played rugby for England in 1874 and 1875. He emigrated to South Africa, arriving in Cape Town in 1878. By the late 1870s, rugby football was very much battling to survive against Winchester College football. Milton joined Villagers club and preached the cause of rugby, and by the end of that year the football fraternity of Cape Town had all but abandoned the Winchester game in favour of rugby.
He made his Test cricket debut in South Africa's first Test of all, at Port Elizabeth in 1888-89. He was made captain for the Second Test at Cape Town, replacing Owen Dunell, and made his third and final appearance (again at Cape Town) in 1891-92. He played three other first-class games: two for Western Province and one for Cape Town Clubs.
Milton then moved to Mashonaland and under the influence of his friend Cecil John Rhodes was Mashonaland's third Administrator from 24 July 1897 to 24 January 1901. In 1901 it was decided to combine the administration of Mashonaland and Matabeleland that had been separated three years before, and Milton then became the Administrator of the whole of Southern Rhodesia. He retired in 1914 at the age of 60. In 1922, the biggest school in Bulawayo at the time was renamed Milton High School in his honour.
| South African national cricket captain
| Administrator of Southern Rhodesia