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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.]
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] (continued)
Gentlemen, let us compare the numbers in this hall with those few men who sat in that little room, and recall, for example, the paper on the Yan Yean Water Works. I know of no subject more likely than that to interest the uninitiated; and, although the prophet was in that instance at fault, he does not the less deserve our thanks for the calm and philosophic way in which he pursued his subject. He might 'have been wrong: but let these instances operate as beacons for our future guidance. Compare the subjects then brought under consideration with those now discussed. Those most interesting to the more scientific members may not be interesting to the general reader; but there are still some couched in simple language which I myself can not only understand, but appreciatemost interesting papers on scientific subjects, embracing geography, mineralogy, physics, botany, and a number of others, which I merely mention as those which are of interest to the general reader.
I regret, that in taking a hasty glance over the transactions and occurrences of the last year, that I have to allude to the loss of onea loss, indeed, not only to the society, but to the profession of which he was an ornament, and to many friends with whom he was intimate, and by whom he was greatly respected. Passing over that unfortunate event, let me congratulate the Institute on the amount of interest which the Government now evidently takes in its progress and success. I rejoice to see so many members of the Government present. Occupying the position that I now do, it is of very little consequence to me who is in and who is out of power, although, notwithstanding that I am debarred from interfering with political matters, I cannot, as a citizen, exclude myself from taking some degree of interest in the actions of those who are in power; and I hail, as a good omen, the fact of so many of my honorable friends supporting this Institute by their presence this evening; and I trust that they will be prepared to support it, if necessary, by other and more substantial proofs of their regard. Not that I wish for State aid to an institution of this kind. On the contrary, I would wish to see the voluntary principle applied to it, although I would not for other things.
I would fain see science with some recognised habitationwhere scientific men could meet together and exercise some influence on society, because, as it is, the world, I fear, is too apt to look upon the Institute as a wanderer upon the face of the earth, who has no known habitation; and, perhaps, it may be necessary to trouble the friends of the Institute, in order to establish it. So far, and no farther, would I wish to see a demand made upon the public purse. If the Legislature of this country chooses to place funds at the disposal of the society, it will, I have no doubt, expend them judiciously and honestly. What we want, are persons with a helping and a lending hand. This is required in the old country, and how much more is it needed here.
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