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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 41

National Gallery and Museums

National Gallery and Museums.

49. The National Gallery contained, at the end of 1878, 84 oil paintings, 172 objects of statuary, and 6004 drawings, engravings, and photographs. The school of painting connected with this institution was attended in the year by 5 male and 57 female students, and the school of design by 43 male and 121 female students. The Industrial and Technological Museum, which joins the last-named institution, contains 1400 publications, 27,000 specimens, and 150 drawings. Class lectures, given in 1878, on chemistry and mineralogy, were attended by 27, on engineering by 23, and on telegraphy by 50 students. The collections of the National Museum, which is situated on the grounds of the Melbourne University, consist of specimens of minerals, stuffed animals and birds, insects and other objects of curiosity. The cost of the edifice was £8500, and it was visited in 1878 by 98,149 persons. All these institutions are open to the public free of charge.