REV. HORATIUS HARTLEY (1893 – 1896)
Born in Halifax, England, on 10th September, 1866, Rev. Horatius Hartley, joined the Methodist Mission and arrived in Ceylon on 20th October, 1892.
Since his arrival in 1892 until he took over Richmond in 1893 he was engaged in missionary duties in Colpetty and its surrounds.
He took over Richmond as Principal in 1893, from Rev. Triggs. He was full of innovative ideas and character, who always thought of the future and worked for the future, which was one of his most distinguished characteristics. One of his innovative ideas was to introduced a teachers’ register to maintain the names of all staff members. He made an entry in the register:
“This book has been prepared for the purpose of preserving a short record of each College Master in his connection with Richmond College, Galle . It is requested that each master on this staff will furnish the date of his entrance to the College and any other particulars of interest ….”. Unfortunately parts of that register which is of historic importance is no more either misplaced, destroyed or vandalised. Thanks to what is available of this register the assimilation of the staff that appears elsewhere was made easy.
The display of prize winners’ of the annual prize giving on the College notice board was started by Rev. Hartley. It was during his time another of his innovative ideas that was to see the birth of the Richmond College Old Boys’ Association (RCOBA). The RCOBA has rendered invaluable service to the College for well over a century to be precise for the last 112 years.