The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Rolleston, Christopher
Rolleston, Christopher, C.M.G., was born in Nottinghamshire in 1817, and in 1838 emigrated to New South Wales, where he was engaged in farming until 1843. In January of the latter year he was appointed Commissioner of Crown Lands for the Darling Downs, private secretary to the Governor, Sir William Denison, in 1855, and Registrar-General in 1856, when he inaugurated the present system of registration, and in 1858 took charge of the statistical branch of the Colonial Secretary's Department. In Nov. 1864 he was appointed Auditor-General. In 1879 Mr. Rolleston was created G.M.G. He died on April 9th, 1888.