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Inaugural and Anniversary Addresses of the Royal Society
Inaugural Address, delivered by Mr. Justice Barry, President of the Institute, at the Opening Converzazione, 22nd Sept., 1854
Inaugural Address of the President, Captain Clarke, R. E., Surveyor-General, &c., &c.
Anniversary Address of the President, the Honourable Andrew Clarke, Captain R. E., M.P., Surveyor-General of Victoria, &c., &c., &c.
Anniversary Address of the President, His Honor Sir William Foster Stawell, Knight, Chief Justice of Victoria, &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Institute, 12th April, 1858]
Anniversary Address of the President, Ferdinand Mueller, Esq., Ph.D., M.D. F.R.G. and L.S., &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Institute, 28th March, 1859]
Address of the President, Ferdinand Mueller, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.G. & L.S., &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Institute at the Inauguration of the Hall, January 23rd, 1860.]
Inaugural Address of the President, His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly, K.C.B., &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Royal Society, at the Anniversary Meeting held on the 10th April, 1860.]
Inaugural Address of the President, Captain Clarke, R. E., Surveyor-General, &c., &c. (continued)
Reflecting that Australia is destined to fill no unimportant part in the coming history of a more advanced civilisation, and remembering that Victoria in material wealth has made a century's advance in the span of time which has elapsed since her foundation; with this progress, the result of one discovery, are we to rest content? Should we not rather question the continuance of this Prosperity, recognising in it the means to a more desirable and higher end.
Admitting this position, how can we advance this end? The difficulties of experiment in a new country will, doubtless, give additional importance to the culture of correct and minute observation. Who can predict the result which will arise from the simplest discoveries? A stain upon a stone, a drop of coloured water, may prove of sufficient signifcance to fill the mountain's solitudes with the iron life of machinery. Let us prove, rather than assert, the utility of research. Let us enforce a due recognition of the labour of the inventor and discoverer until his national importance be acknowledged.
The objects of our Institution will not be answered unless the geologist, the chemist, and teh representative of the associated sciences conjointly labour to produce those results which have justly become the pride and glory of the civilised world.
The mere mechanical arts are but the secondary results of science, and as accumulating facts, though necessarily labourious, are the first step towards eliminating truth; let us therefore sturdily arm ourselves to the acquisition of them, forgetting even what has been termed the sublimity of deductive philosophy, in the no less honorable, but no less arduous and valuable, efforts of the practical experimentalist.
Such labours, ever pursued under difficulties, seldom rewarded commensurately with their importance, it shall be our duty and our interest to facilitate; and while thus striving for these ends let us endeavour to secure, by singleness of purpose and unity of action, the general sympathy.
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