"THE ATHENS OF AUSTRALIA."
MELBOURNE, Oct. 22. The Governor-General, accompanied by the Prime Minister and the. Premier of South Australia (Mr Peakej, '* vi^'ted Baihunt to-day, m connection with the South street competitions. At the luncheon Lord Dudley said it was -well knoM'ii the world over that Australians were a music-loving people. Some forms of music depressed and saddened, but genuine mus'c >vas regarded as an expression of -jay, contentment, and happiness. He wondered why a community tolerated some deleterious forms of music, such, for instance, as were .heard probably 10 or 15 years ago of a singer simulating; a drunken man on the stage. He had observed that Sir John Madden had described Ballarat as "the Athens of Australia." There could be no finer designation or title for any city. Therefore, he believed the name of Ballarat would live for many years, and would be long regarded, with pride and Tespect. It was^ unfortunate that Australia was geographically so far removed from the older world, and, after all, it was wonderful that there -was so close a touch between the Commonwealth and the Mother Country.
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