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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 20

Appendix B

Appendix B.

Abstract of the Transactions and Progress of the South Australian Society of Arts for the year ending 30th September, 1872.

1. At a special general meeting of the members, hold on the 26th October last, W. Everard, Esq., J.P., was elected a Governor of the Institute.

2. The Fourteenth Annual Exhibition opened on the 15th December, 1871, and closed on the 5th February, 1872. The number of visitors amounted to 1,484.

3. The works entered to compete for the 73 prizes (amounting to £142 16s.) were in number 186. The successful competitors were—The Adelaide Photographic Company (4), Mesdamos W. H. Benham (4), Frampton (2), Scales (2),W. Wyatt (1), the Misses DeMole (1), I. A. Darling (3), A. C. Saunders (1), Light (1), H. L. Wyly (1), E. Thornber (1), J. A. Stuckey (1), S. B. Thornton (1), E. L. Gray (2), K. Brown(l), S. Kugelmann (2), E. Menpes (2), F. H. Little (1), E. Hall (2), and M. E. Bagot (1), Messrs. J. H. Biggs (5), T. Duryea (7), R. E. Minchin (7), W. P. Doll man (1), H. Jones (1), W. Bur-meister (1), T. Duryea, jun. (2), T. R. Russell (1), R. W. Hall (1), E. W. Minchin (1), M. L. Menpes (1),S. Wake (1), and A. E. Bonney (1).

4. The Art Union distribution consisted of 35 framed engravings. The following members drew prizes—His Excellency Sir J. Fergusson, Bart.; Mrs. R. Haussen, Mrs. J. Patterson, Messrs. J. P. Boucaut, M.P., J. Riddoch, M.P., W. D. Sanderson, H. Brown, S. Ormerod, A. Jones, E. S. Wigg, Jas. Scott, G. Boothby, J. T. Turnbull, C. Everett, C. Peacock, T. H. Artaud, J. P. Bickford, J. B. King, G. Ormerod, M.Clarke, W. W. Hughes. S.Cornish, H. Bickford, J. H. Biggs, C. H. Davis, Thos. Foale, Thos. King, W. D. Hewer, P. Rowland, S. Wilson, E. S. Davys, A. M. Simpson, W. G. Luxmoore, M. Goode, and G. W. Goyder.

5. The annual general meeting was held on the 15th February, at which the following were elected office-bearers for the year, viz.:—

Patron:

His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., &c.

President:

His Excellency the Governor, the Right Hon. Sir James Fergusson, Bart.

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Vice-Presidents:

The Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Adelaide,

A. Short, D.D.

His Honor the Chief Justice, Sir R. D. Hanson. Sir J. H. Fisher, J.P.

G. F. Angas, Esq., J.P.

The Hon. John Hart, M.P., C.M.G.

Member of the Board of Governors, S.A.I.:

W. Everard, Esq., J.P.

Committee of Management:

  • A. Abrahams, Esq.
  • B. H. Cross, Esq.
  • C. H. T. Connor, Esq.,
  • W. Everard, Esq., J.P.
  • J. Fisher, Esq., J.P.
  • W. Gosse, Esq., J.P.
  • J. R. Gurner, Esq.
  • G. Hamilton, Esq., J.P.
  • A. Hay, Esq., J.P. J.P. C. Hill. Esq:
  • E. J. Hodgkinson, Esq.
  • G. M. Turnbull, Esq.
  • J.T. Turnbull, Esq., J.P.

Trustees:

  • G. Tinline, Esq., J.P.
  • S. Tomkinson, Esq., J.P.

Auditors:

  • J. H. Clark, Esq., J.P.
  • W. Kay, Esq., J.P.

Treasurer: John Souttar, Esq., J.P.

Hon. Secretary: Abraham Abrahams, Esq.

6. The annexed letter and tables from the Master of the School of Design report favourably on the number and progress of the pupils:—

"School of Design, S.A. Institute, September 25, 1872.

"Dear Sir—I have pleasure in reporting a continued improvement in the pupils attending the School under my charge, although the attendance has been very fluctuating, as will appear from the enclosed tables.

"I regret the unavoidable postponement of the Exhibition, as the publication of the prize-list generally gives a fresh impetus to the energy of the intending competitors. As mentioned in my last, the want of more advanced subjects to study from is much felt.

"Yours truly,

"Charles Hill

, Master. "To A. Abrahams, Esq., Hon. Sec. S.A. Society of Arts."
MALE CLASS. Oct. Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr My. Jun Jly. Aug Sep. Free Hand Drawing. from the Round In Oil Color ... FIGURE ... ... Shaded crayon ... Elementary—Outline 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 ... 3 2 3 4 2 2 2 1 ... 1 1 1 ANIMALS—shaded Copies 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 FLOWERS—Shaded Conies 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ... SCROLL ... ... Shaded outline 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 landscape ... Shaded Elementary 5 4 5 5 6 7 6 5 5 6 6 2 2 2 4 3 5 5 3 3 3 3 Drawing by Aid of Instruments ARCHITECTURAL ... Geometrical From plans and Sections 4 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 1 1 Total Males 17 15 11 23 25 29 27 22 21 17 15 FEMALE CLASS. Free Hand Drawing. Oct. Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr My. Jun Jly. Aug Sep. FIGURE ... ... From the Round In Water Color Shaded Copies Elementary 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 ... aNIMALS ... ... Shaded 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 l 1 1 In Water Color 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 FLOWERS ... ... Shaded 3 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 Elementary 1 1 1 1 1 ... SCROLL ... ... Shaded 1 ... In Oil Color LANDSCAPES ... ..." Water Color Shaded Elementary 1 1 1 1 ... 3 2 1 1 1 ... 7 5 2 2 3 4 5 7 6 6 1 2 1 1 ... Total Females 22 18 8 11 13 14 16 17 16 15 Total Pupils 39 33 11 31 36 42 41 38 38 33 30

Monthly Tables of Attendance of Pupils, with the Numbers Studying in each Class, for the Year Ending 30th September, 1872.

7. The Room in the Town Hall in which the two previous years' Exhibitions were held not being suitably lighted, the Society was necessitated to hold the last Exhibition at the Institute, but by reason of insufficiency of room could only exhibit competitive works. It is earnestly to be hoped that Parliament will at once grant a sum for the enlargement of the building, by erecting the centre and the eastern wing, in order to give accommodation to the Museum. Library, Reading, Lecture and Class Rooms, School of Design, Picture and Sculpture Galleries, and thereby also facilitate the founding of a University in South Australia.

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8. The Society regret to state that the want of space in the Institute precludes the holding any Exhibition this year, but arrangements are being made to hold one at the end of 1873, by which time it is hoped some portion of the additional building will be completed.

9. The Committee of Management have resolved to extend the scope of the Society by fostering Science and Manufactures in addition to the Fine Arts. The future Exhibition will be open to drawings, models, examples and articles in acoustics, astronomy, architecture, bookbinding, chemistry, castings (ornamental), carving, decorative art, electricity, engineering (civil and military), enamelling, furniture and upholstery, firearms and ordnance, geography, geology, geometry, gems and jewels, heat, light, magnetism, mechanics, music, machinery (models), maps, metallurgy, meteorology, mining, natural history, numismatics, naval architecture, navigation, pneumatics, pottery (ornamental), printing, photography, statistics, steam-engines, stained glass, works in precious metals, and kindred subjects.

10. The Society has provided some engravings, which with statuary ordered from England will comprise the next Art-Union Distribution. It is intended in future that the Society's financial year shall terminate on the 30th June, in lieu of 30th September as at present.

Abraham Abrahams

, Hon. Sec.