- William Henry Milton
name = William Milton
order = 4th
office = Administrator of Southern Rhodesia
December 20, 1901
November 1, 1914
monarch = Edward VII
predecessor = Albert Grey
order2 = 3rd
office2 = Administrator of Mashonaland
December 5, 1898
December 20, 1901
deputy2 =Arthur Lawley
3 December, 1854
Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
6 March, 1930
footnotes = Sir William Henry Milton (
3 December 1854- 6 March 1930) was the 3rd Administrator of Mashonaland, played rugby for Englandand was South Africa's second cricketcaptain.
Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England. Milton played rugby for England in 1874 and 1875.
Milton emigrated to South Africa, arriving in
Cape Townin 1878. By the late 1870s, rugby football was very much battling to survive against Winchester College football. Milton joined Villagers club and preached the cause of rugby, by the end of that year the football playing fraternity of Cape Town had all but abandoned the Winchester game in favour of rugby.
He made his
Test cricketdebut in their first game of all, at Port Elizabethin 1888/89. He was made captain for the second Test at Cape Town, replacing Owen Dunell, and made his third and final appearance (again at Cape Town) in 1891/92. He played three other first-class games: two for Western Province and one for Cape Town Clubs.
Milton then moved to
Mashonalandand under the influence of his friend Cecil John Rhodeswas Mashonaland's 3rd Administrator from 24 July 1897to 24 January 1901.
In 1901 it was decided to combine the administration of Mashonaland and Matabeleland that had been separated 3 years before and Milton then became the Administrator of the whole of Southern Rhodesia. He retired in 1914 at the age of 60. In 1922, the biggest school in
Bulawayoat the time was renamed Milton High Schoolin his honour.
He died in
Cannes, Franceat the age of 75.
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