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We have acknowledged in a previous section (see page 20) our obligations in the conduct of the Census of 1911 to various Government departments and public bodies, to Superintendent Registrars and Registrars of Births and Deaths, to economists and statisticians of eminence who gave us assistance, and to the Press. It remains for us to place upon record our high appreciation of the services rendered by the staff, both permanent and temporary, engaged in the conduct of the Census, and to mention particularly certain members of the permanent staff of the General Register Office, to whose loyal, zealous and effective co-operation much of its success is due. Mr. Archer Bellingham, to whose organizing skill the success of the all-important work preparatory to the Census is to be attributed, acted as Secretary to the Census, and was responsible, until ill-health obliged him to resign this post in November, 1912, for the supervision of an office of some 350 clerks, male and female (who all required training in work quite new to them), and also for the drafting of the Tables and the preparation of the Reports. Mr. T. A. Saunders, who had been associated with him as Assistant Secretary in all these operations, succeeded him as Secretary; and upon him has fallen the bulk of the work of preparing our numerous Reports and Tables, including the diagrams which, as mentioned above, form a rather special feature of this Report. He has performed all these duties with signal ability. Mr. J. W. Reading, assisted by Mr. F. Yates, had charge of the tabulating machinery, and to him is due the credit of having largely planned and successfully carried through operations of a completely novel character in which any breakdown would have been both serious and expensive. Mr. R. A. Moad was responsible before April, 1911, for the revision of the Plans of Division, and during the progress of the Census for the despatch of the schedules and other forms (over 300 tons of printed matter) to the Registrars, and for the Census Office finance and accounts. Mr. D. LI. Evans was charged with the heavy labour of the preparation of the Dictionary of Occupations, with the superintendence, assisted by Mr. E. W. Sorensen and Mr; A. E. Lassetter, of the occupational coding, and his special knowledge was invaluable in the preparation of the Report and Tables dealing with the occupations of the people and their industries. Mr. M. S. Birkett rendered important service both in the preparatory work and also in connexion with the Reports, especially those on Tenements and Infirmities; and Mr. G. S. Minchin was largely instrumental in the preparation of the volume on Ecclesiastical Areas, and in drawing up the tables in the present Report on the Census of the Empire. Finally, Miss Beaver, efficiently seconded by Miss Bambridge, whose assistance, together with that of four other women clerks, was kindly placed at our disposal by the Postmaster-General, rendered admirable service in the superintendence of a female staff numbering over 200, largely composed of young girls, a task which called for the exercise of administrative capacity combined with tact and common sense.

We have the honour to be,

My Lord

Your Lordship's obedient servants,

BERNARD MALLET, Registrar-General


T.A. SAUNDERS, Acting Secretary.

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