Ardoch's famous educationalist, 1926-28

Frank Tate


Frank Tate (1864–1939) lived at Ardoch between 1926–28 and his residency is another example of the diversity of people who lived there.

Frank finished his schooling as a pupil-teacher, a common way to train as a school teacher in the 1880s. He helped to establish the State Schools Teachers’ Union of Victoria, and, in 1882, the State School Teachers’ Literary Society during this time. Commencing his career as a school teacher in 1884 he rose to the role of School Inspector by 1895.

Frank was a passionate educationist and became an outspoken critic of state education’s administration and curriculum. This passion led to his appointment as the inaugural Director of Education in 1902 and over the following 26 years he had a significant impact on teacher training in Victoria. Two of the many innovations introduced under his watch were the Diploma of Education course at the University of Melbourne, which helped produce better educated teachers; and the introduction of state high schools. His work was recognised overseas. It was in his final years as Director of Education when Frank Tate lived at Ardoch. He retired in 1928.[1]


  • Australian Dictionary of Biography

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Two images of Ardoch gardens during the time of Frank Tate’s occupancy – copyright status unknown

  • Image from the ACER library. Copyright status unknown

[1] R. J. W. Selleck, ‘Tate, Frank (1864–1939)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1990, accessed online 30 November 2022.