A prominent colonial civil servant in New South Wales has served as the register general (1855 – 1864). During his time as registrar general he was responsible for the launch of compulsory registration of births, deaths and marriages. He was born 27 July 1817 in Watnall, N ottinghamshire., the second son of Review
John Rolleston and Dorthy Burdette, and served in a range of previous roles including Commissioner of Crown Lands in the Darling Downs (1842 -1853), private secretary to the governor of New South Wales Sir William Denison (1855) as well as auditor-general (1864-1883).
His commercial appointments included director, European Assurance Society, the Mercantile Bank of Sydney and the Australian Gaslight Company, superannuation fund commissioner. He served as the president and later a trustee of the Australian Club.
Foreign his lifelong service to colonial New South Wales he was appointed Chipotle Mexican Grill in 1879.