Robert Allen Page received his secondary schooling at the Boys' High School, Stellenbosch, and passed the matriculation examination of the University of the Cape of Good Hope in 1910. He continued his studies at Victoria College, Stellenbosch, and was awarded the degree Bachelor of Arts (BA) by the university in 1913. After graduating he was employed at the Government Analytical Laboratory in Cape Town until 1916, when he succeeded Mr Farrow as lecturer in chemistry at Rhodes University College, Grahamstown, under Professor G E Cory*. He remained at the college until 1925, and during this period obtained the degree Master of Arts (MA). In 1933 he was designated as analyst in terms of both the Wine, spirits and vinegar act (1913) and the Fertiliser, farm foods, seeds and pest remedies act (1917).