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TE Ravenshaw was the Commissioner of Orissa during the great famine of 1866. In the post- famine development phase, he took many major initiatives for the promotion of school and higher education in the state. The people of the state felicitated him by naming three of the premier educational institutions after him. They were the Ravenshaw Collegiate School, the Ravenshaw Girls' School and the Ravenshaw College, which has now become a University. The point to note is that this honour was bestowed on Ravenshaw only after he completed his 12 year tenure in the state and left for another station, and this was done not at the behest of the government, but on account of the goodwill of the people of Orissa.

Thomas Edward Ravenshaw was born on 1st July 1827, and baptised At St. Michael's, Bath on 1st August of the same year. His parents were John Hurdis and Rose Melly Ravenshaw. The father was a "gentleman" who resided at Paragon Buildings, Bath, and it would appear that the baptism ceremony was performed by a relative Ed. (Edward?) Ravenshaw, Officiating Minister. At the time of his interview by the Court of Directors of the East India Company, to become a civil servant and go for training at the Company College at Haileybury, he mentioned that his father was living in Richmond, Surrey. Before his application he had been educated at Wellesley House in St. John's Wood under the principal T. J Scale ( B.A., Jesus College, Cambridge ), who in a letter to the Court said that he was attentive to his studies and "conducted himself thoroughly as a high-minded gentleman". However it appears that he also suffered one or two severe bouts of rheumatic fever during his time at the establishment.

  • Arrived in India - 13 June 1849
  • Assistant to Magistrate and Collector, Badergunge - 1851
  • Assistant to Magistrate and Collector, Monghyr - 1852 -53
  • Joint Magistrate and Deputy Collector, 2nd grade, Monghyr - 1854
  • Joint Magistrate and Deputy Collector, 2nd grade,  Dinapore - 1855
  • Magistrate of Dinapore - 1856 - 58
  • Commissioner for suppression of Dacoity - 1859
  • On Furlough 1860 - 62
  • Joint Magistrate and Deputy Collector, Sarun - 1863
  • Magistrate and Collector, 1st grade, Patna - 1864
  • Magistrate of Patna - May 1865
  • Officiating Judge, Birbhum - 10 May 1865
  • Officiating Commissioner, Kattak Division - 23 June 1865
  • Magistrate of Rangpur and officiating as Commissioner of Kattak Division - 9 December 1865
  • Judge, 1st grade, at Jessore and still officiating as Commissioner of Kattak Division - 24 December 1866
  • Commissioner of Orissa Division - 1 February 1869
  • Furlough from 15 Apri 1869 to 22 April 1870
  • Commissioner of Orissa - 7 May 1870
  • On special duty at the Bengal Presidency - 14 April 1877
  • Officiating member of the Board of Revenue - 17 April 1877
  • Commissioner of Orissa Division - 12 December 1877
  • Furlough from 18 April to 19 December 1878
  • Commissioner of the Bardwan Division - 21 December 1878

It appears from the India List that he remained as Commissioner of the Bardwan Division until he retired in 1882.
(Source: The British Library, London)

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