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01. James C. Hoskin - The Boss

posted Apr 10, 2012, 2:59 PM by Eddie Woo
James Colin Hoskin. Known affectionately as The Boss, Mr Hoskin created James Ruse and set it on the road to becoming the prestigious place it is today. He was universally respected and was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Order of Australia for Services to Education in 1990. Mr Hoskin was born in 1913 at Yetman in North Eastern NSW, the son of a Cornish tin miner turned farmer and grazier. His mother was a suffragette and a member of the Communist Party. His family moved around NSW and he attended many schools, ending up at Fort St High School in Sydney. 

He graduated in Agricultural Science at Sydney University and commenced teaching at Grafton High School in 1936. At the age of 26 he became Deputy Mayor of Grafton and he married his wife Jesse, the daughter of a local grazier. He was Deputy Principal at Muswellbrook before taking over Carlingford Agricultural High School in 1958. He left James Ruse in 1978, the year in which he turned 65. He remained active and continued working (as an articled clerk) in his son's legal practice in Parramatta to the age of 81. 

He remained sharp as a tack into his final years and was renowned for recognising men on the streets of Parramatta 15 or 20 years after he had last seen them as schoolboys at James Ruse. After surviving six years of us and almost another quarter century on top of that, he died at the age of 83 on November 14 1996. His Memorial Service was attended by numerous former staff and students of James Ruse among whom his memory will always continue to live.