- A lack of interest in public institutions
In 1854 the inspector of National Schools complained that miners did not seem committed to establishing public institutions like schools.
These words from A.B. Orlebar, the Inspector of National Schools, are from the Report of National Board, Votes and Proceedings, Legislative Council of Victoria, 1854-5
- 25 September 1854
- Published Source
- Quaife, G.R. (ed.), Gold and colonial society, 1851-1870, Cassell Australia, 1975. Details
TranscriptIf the meeting be assembled to petition for the abolition of licenses miners will crowd to it ... If a meeting assembles for a School, several will attend, assent to, and applaud the resolutions, but refuse a threepenny bit to carry them out. Churches, hospitals, all hitherto have made unavailing appeals to miners. The claims of these institutions on the public are not denied: but the individuals to whom application is made for aid assign the most trifling excuses for withholding assistance.
Created: 24 August 2006