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Science in Victoria

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THE President of the Royal Society of Victoria devoted a siderable portion of the presidential address contained in the last published volume of the Society's Transactions to a review of the progress of science in the colony. It might at first sight be supposed that, in young communities like those of the Western States of America or of our own Australasian colonies, the struggle to develop their resources to the utmost, which occupies every one, and the total absence of a leisured class, would be an insurmountable obstacle to scientific work, or indeed to work of any kind for its own sake. But the numerous and valuable publications which we constantly receive from scientific societies formed among young English-speaking communities all over the globe—in Japan, China, the Straits, Ceylon, Australia, Canada, the United States, the Cape, and many other places—show that this impression is wholly incorrect, and that the members carry with them into scientific work the energy and perseverance which they exercise in their ordinary avocations.

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