A Gushing Doctor.
The good character of Victoria will not suffer in Irish eyes if aught that Dr Beaney can say will sustain it. Speaking at a banquet in Dublin recently this is how he pours forth in praise of his adopted country : “ The Colony of Victoria, the Government of which I medically represent here, is, from the beauty cf its scenery, the fertility of its soil, and the healthiness of its climate, one of the most attractive of the group of Australian Colonies. Its gross area comprises over fifty-six millions of acres, and the population is at the present time under one million, so that there is boundless room for stout hearts and willing hands. Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is a splendid city; the street! are wide, and well planned, and of the water supply I will merely say that it is as abundant and perfect as your own Vartry. Railroads run in all directions into the interior. It has a university, with a complete professorial staff; and is enabled by its charter to confer degrees in the fac dtics of arts, law, and medicine. It possesses a flourishing medical school, and a general hospital—a magnificent structure, containing 500 beds, and in which 1 ha.-e the honor to be senior surgeon, lecturer in clinical surgery, and practical teacher of operative surgery. Melbourne posseses, besides botanical and zoological gardens, an observatory, with a splendid telescope, the work of Mr Howard Grubb, of your own city. It has, moreover, a general post-office, a public library, a gallery of line arts, public gardens and recreation grounds, theatres, an opera house, and a town hall, which possesses the finest organ in the British dominions out of England. “ Irishmen will, no doubt, be gratified to hear that the interests of sport are not forgotten, for we have a racecourse'and a standhouse finer than any in England. We have our own flag, and a small but efficient army and navy, a large volunteer force, and a very fine body of mounted and foot police ; so that you see we are quite alive to the necessity of maintaining law and order or of repelling foreign invasion.
“ Our exports consist of wool, tallow, hides, preserved ’neats, gold, silver, copper, tin, iron, antimony, and wine. The production of wine promises to be a great industry, for, with the climate of Southern France, we produce the finest grapes in the most luxuriant abundance. \Ve are enterprising, and have brought in numbers of the most export vine growers and wine producers from tiro wine districts of Europe for the purpose of training our own people. Wine is already made in great abundance, and the foreign experts say that they will shortly imitate and equal the very best European varieties. When I left they were making champagne —a vei y satisfactory circumstance indeed. “ And all this, sir, has been accomplished in a country which 43 years ago was uninhabited save by the aboriginal blacks. Yes, in the very spot where the palatial structures of Melbourne now stanc', about 40 years ago the solitary white shepherd smoked his pipe and guarded himself against the spear of the prowling savage, who on the banks of our beautiful rivers, now smiling with the evidences of happy industry, sang his war dance in grand “ Corroboree.”
“ Victoria is a land flowing with milk and honey. The climate is simply delicious. There is money to be made, and people really enjoy life. Everyone is comfortable, and the least opulent—for we have no poor—have abundance for all material wants. Victoria is destined to become a great country ; and the time will yet come when the five colonies, united federally, will form one grand dominion, presided over, like Canada, by a Governor-General. And I can see in the vista of time a great future for those who follow in our footsteps, when we, the pioneers, have passed away.
“ It is now an established fact that Irish men make good colonists—three of onr Supreme Court Judges are Irishmen, as also our Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Sir Charles Gavin Duffy. We ha.e had several other Speakers from this side of the water, including Sir Francis Murphy, about whose nationality I need speak no further in this place. During several Parliaments of Victoria the high and honorable office of Premier has been filled by Irishmen. Our mounted troopers who were so much admired by his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, during the memorable visit of the Galatea to the Port of Melbourne, are Irishmen. “ In this country there are htindreds of thousands of people who require fresh fields for enterprise, and they have seen them at hand in the Australian colonies, which acknowledge the same allegiance, are swayed by the same laws, and are inhabited by the same people as these islands. Queensland, the youngest of the Australian group, presents also a great opening to those who choose to settle there. This colony occupies the northeastern quarter of the Australian continent, and stretches from the northern boundary of New South Wales to the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is twelve times the size of England, twice the size of Canada, and half as large again as England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, and Spain combined. It is very rich in the precious metal—gold. In fact, the area of the auriferous country now being worked cannot be much less than 4,000 square miles ; and the colony is something like what Victoria was twenty years ago. In conclusion, I hope that thousands and tens of thousands of brave hearts and willing hands will leave these shores for the “New World,” and when on board the good ship which is to bear them to the land of their adoption, may their voices ring out merrily the old refrain—- “ Cheer, boys, cheer, no more of idle sorrow Cheer, boys, cheer, united heart and hand ; Cheer, boys, cheer, there work for honest labor ; Cheer, boys, cheer, for the new and happy land. ”
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A Gushing Doctor., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 14, 28 October 1879
A Gushing Doctor. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 14, 28 October 1879
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