Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 7. 30th May, 1957
Dr. Williams spoke thus at the Graduands Supper, on Thursday, 9 April, while Salient reporter enjoyed the very good supper, and the drink, although the latter ran out very early in the piece. It was complained afterwards that the Supper was treated merely as a booze session—by a few at any rate, with the result that by the time that the toasts were announced some people had to drink with empty glasses—or else sit out as did the self-conscious gentlemen in the toast to the ladies, or the Republican in the toast to the Queen. Generally speaking the show was only a moderate thrill for the participants, and less of one for the guests.
The best speech was that of Mr. Marchant: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Queen." Mr. Robinson made an impression with his toast to the College (Dr. Williams would have "liked to have made" it). He spoke of "the common chord—the spirit of Victoria—manifest in every thought, every deed," which forms the College; the combination of forces peculiar to Wellington which brought this forth, and the influence which it has on the daily life of the city.