Transactions of the Mining Institute of Victoria; From Its Foundation on the 7th of September, 1857, to the 1st of January, 1859 Volume 1

Transactions of the Mining Institute of Victoria; From Its Foundation on the 7th of September, 1857, to the 1st of January, 1859 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...recital of the progress of mining and its effects on the colonisation of Spanish America, if compared with that of Victoria, is sufficient to dispel all those unfounded and vague fears of mere superficial observers, who see in the decline of the Spanish colonies the warning forerunner of a similar fate for Victoria looming in the womb of time. Although we are far from what we should be in Victoria, still the progress of civilisation is marching in its onward course, stimulated by the spirit of the nineteenth century. We had no natives to subdue, like the Spaniards. The aborigines receded and diminished gradually before our eyes. The natives of Australia (unlike the ancient Indian races of Mexico and Peru), knew nothing of the mineral treasures of this country. Industry and toil subdued Victoria, not conquest nor bloodshed. The produce of our mines is not dependent on the labors of a subdued race, but rests upon the energies (now misapplied) of a people fully competent to compete with any other in the world. The genius of civilisation of the nineteenth century (though far from being fully applied, is inherent to the settlers of Victoria, whose vices and virtues (both of European origin), as I shall demonstrate hereafter, rather impede, or have at least for a time retarded, progress. This colony is inhabited by a people, unlike the Spanish colonists, characterised for their love of industry and their appreciation of the useful arts and sciences, although the latter quality, unfortunately owing to some pre-conceived prejudice, is making but slow progress in our mining districts. The physical conformation of this colony is far superior to that of Spanish America. We possess no sultry and enervating climes, through which the Spanish race became...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236499123
  • 9781236499127