The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Harper, Andrew
Harper, Andrew, Professor of Hebrew, Ormond College, Melbourne, Victoria, was educated at the Scotch College, Melbourne, from which he proceeded to the Melbourne University. He graduated B.A. in 1867, and M.A. in 1878. He proceeded to Edinburgh, where he qualified himself as a Presbyterian clergyman. Conscientious scruples preventing him from being ordained, he entered the Presbyterian Ladies' College in Melbourne as a master, and rose to the position of head master. Meantime, devoting himself specially to the study of Oriental languages, he became the recognised authority in the colony of Victoria in that department, and in 1889 was appointed Professor of Hebrew at Ormond College. He is a brother of Mr. Robert Harper, member of the Legislative Assembly of Victoria.