Open main menu

The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Strong, Herbert Augustus

Strong, Herbert Augustus, M. A., LL.D., formerly Professor of Classics at Melbourne University, son of Rev. Edmund Strong, of Exeter, was born in 1841, and educated at Winchester College under Dr. Moberly. He obtained the first place on the college roll by open competition, and proceeded to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he matriculated on Oct. 20th, 1860, and was exhibitioner in 1861-3. He was first class in Moderations in 1862, proxime accessit for the Gaisford Greek prize in 1863, B.A. in 1863, and M.A. in 1870. Private affairs obliged him to leave Oxford before presenting himself for final honours in "Greats." He was for six years Assistant Professor of Humanity at Glasgow University, and for thirteen years Professor of Classics at Melbourne University (M.A. 1874). The latter post he resigned in August 1884, and is now Professor of Latin at Liverpool University College, which is one of the three branches of the newly formed Victoria University. He has published "Specimens of Translations of Virgil and Catullus" (Maclehose, 1871); "Translations of the Mostellaria and Captivi of Plautus," with introduction; "The Student's English Grammar" (Melbourne), in conjunction with Dr. Pearson; "The Student's Handbook to Classical Literature," and a "Translation of Juvenal," in conjunction with Dr. Leeper (Macmillan); the Clarendon Press edition of Juvenal, which is now being wholly rewritten (notes by Professor Strong, introduction by Dr. Pearson); translation and edition of Paul's great work, "Principles of Language" (Sonnenschein, second edition); "Historical Outlines of German Grammar," in conjunction with Dr. Meyer (Sonnenschein); "History of Language," by Strong, Logeman, and Wheeler (Longmans, 1890). Prof. Strong is now engaged on an edition of Friedländer's "Sittengeschichte." He has received the honorary degree of LL.D. from Glasgow University, and that of Officier d'Instruction Publique from the French Government. Since his return from Melbourne he has done much to make the resources and advantages of Australia known to Englishmen at home. With that object in view he has taken as the theme of several series of university extension lectures the British Empire, and particularly dwelt upon the importance of the Australian colonies to the empire. He helped to found the Self-Help Emigration Society in Liverpool, of which Lord Derby is president, and has given yearly in the large Rotunda Hall a public lecture to about two thousand working men upon the subject of emigration. He has thus been the means of sending out some good men with capital, and preventing many useless hands from leaving England.