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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.]

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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] (continued)


Returning once more to the bygone days of the Institute, I do not wish to speak in praise of any of our friends here present, although so many justly claim our acknowledgment for services rendered to the common cause; but I cannot omit to pay to those now widely separated from us that tribute of remembrance due to them at this festival. One of our honorary members, Captain Cadell, who ranks as the principal promoter of Australian inland traffic, has lately added laurels to his fame by his successful opening of the Daxling navigation, thus bringing Mount Murchison, the triens of our way to Carpentaria, within a fortnight's distance of this place; and now we even learn that a steamer has reached a Darling tributary nearly 1,000 miles beyond Mount Murchison. What changes may we not expect when once the iron-horse, as Elihu Burritt significantly termed the locomotive, has forced its way into the interior?

Another of our honorary members, to whom we are indebted for most valuable contributions to our Transactions, will, I feel sure, not cease to throw a flood of information on everything new within his reach. The more I have had an opportunity of appeciating Mr. Gregory's varied aquirements, the soundness of his judgment, and the acuteness of his intellect, the more do I regret that Australian geography has lost, at present, the services of one of her most skilful pioneers. Still, we have reason to expect that, in taking up his abode in an almost unknown coutry, the western frontiers of East Australia, he will yet at times engage in those pursuits which we have learnt to estimate. And then, again, there is before us the zeal displayed by Mr. Edward Wilson, in rendering available for our use those bounties in which the animated nature of other regions of the world excel.

Our patriotic friend's exertions bear the stamp of a most genuine philanthropy; and, whilst he has earned for his disinterested projects universal acclamation, they are still more entitled to our acknowledgment, as having in part originated within this Institute.

Let us bear in remembrance, also, that the early progress of this society is greatly owing to the interest devoted to it by one of our absent friends, our first President, Captain Clarke, whose wishes for our welfare never yet abated, and are now manifest abroad. Nor be that sympathy withheld which by Blandowski, as a founder and most active member, is but justly claimed. Having spent almost ten years of toil in advancing our insight into the singularities of nature which here surround us, he left our shores to enter, in India, upon a new, and may we trust, a fruitful field for his researches.

In drawing your attention next to those labors and requirements which appear to be of more immediate importance to the Institute, I cannot more forcibly express my sentiments than in the words addressed on a similar occasion to the LinnŠans, by Professor Bell:—The very "staple of our society, that element which will contribute most to our usefulness and reputation at home and abroad, are our published Transactions." Well may we weigh these words.


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