||Science and the making of Victoria
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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, 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)
None but those who have devoted themselves to an elucidation of the varied productions of this land, and have striven to unfold the book of naturemany of its pages still unreadcan have fully estimated how much our future labors and the more ripened work of our successors must depend on timely storing up collections for scientific use. While with patient diligence we are progressing step by step, and adding material to material, we may be stimulated by a hope that the time will come when the beams of light radiating from Australia may disperse many a cloud which yet overcasts the horizon of science. Not only here, but in many other countries also, distant alike from the older seats of knowledge, a spirit has of late arisen that each should bear its share in promulgating science. We see, in the remotest lands, works of extensive volume appear, of equal credit to their distinguished authors and to the governments and institutions under whose fostering protection they originated.
So, whilst we strive in friendly competition to bear our share, let us endeavor to diffuse that knowledge which ought to guide our industry, which refines the taste, leads to exalted contemplation, reveals the law by which, in force eternal and in harmony unalterable, the universe is held, and which inspires with pious veneration for its Creator's divine wisdom. If this, our aim, should be accomplished, if an unmingled feeling of concord, if a pure philosophy pervade our labors, then our great design will be fulfilled. On this palladium rests our existence, our success, our dignity.
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