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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FOR WELLINGTON.

The deputation that waited on the Premier yesterday consisted of Dr Hadfield, Dr Hector, Sir James Prendergast, the Revs. West and Patterson, Justice Richmond, Dr Waters (St. Patrick’s College), Messrs Izard and Menteath, and Dr Newman, M.H.R.s, J. Duthie (mayor), Mr Blair (chairman of the Education Board), Dr Maogregor, and Mr Innis (Girls’ High School.

Dr Newman, in introducing the deputation, urged the necessity of establishing an institution similar to those existing at Dunedin, Auckland, and Christchurch. He mentioned that each of these cities had large endowments, while no provision whatever had been made for endowments here. He pointed out that unless reserves were immediately set aside Wellington would be left out in the cold, as the Commissioner of Lands had informed him that he expected all available Crown lands in this province would be taken np within the next two years. A Bill providing for Wellington College had passed the House of Representatives in 1860 by a large majority, but was thrown out in the Legislative Council. He reminded the Premier that the University Senate each year had recommended a college being established in Wellington, Dr West said on the ground of justice provision should be made for a college. Its want was, he said, being severely felt owing to the increasing number of students, who had to leave Wellington for other parts of the colony, or go to England for higher education. He considered colonial students should not bo necessitated to look to England for the completion of their education. If a sum of L 5,000 was granted annually they would be enabled to endow three chairs.

The Chief Justice, Sir James Hector, Bishop Hadfield, Dr Maogregor, Justice Richmond, Dr Waters, and Messrs Blair and Innes also spoke. All the gentlemen urged the Premier to take action in the matter, and stated that the sum of L 2,000 was altogether too small. The amount should be doubled, or otherwise they would be simply adding another institution to those now already in the colony. The Premier, in reply, said that when in office he had always favored a Wellington College being established, and when in opposition all his sympathy was with it. The Government, however, had an unpleasant duty to perforin in curtailing expenditure, and Parliament was in an economical frame of mind. He ridiculed the idea possessed by a large number of colonists that secondary schools were for the benefit of the rich. Without consulting colleagues he could not speak decidedly as to the action of Government, but if they could see their way to make a representation to Parliament in the direction suggested by the deputation he would be only too pleased to do so,

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FOR WELLINGTON., Issue 7915, 24 May 1889

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FOR WELLINGTON. Issue 7915, 24 May 1889

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