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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 41


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Whrereas the Governor of our colony of Victoria, with the advice of our Executive Council thereof has deemed it expedient that a Royal Commission should forthwith issue to the said Charles Henry Pearson, authorizing and empowering him to enquire into and report upon—
1.The best and most economic mode of constituting education in Victoria entirely free:
2.The state and condition of the present machinery for public instruction:
3.The status, remuneration, and general efficiency of the teachers:
4.The mode and extent of instruction in the State schools, and the system best fitted to enlarge the operations of those schools:
5.The formation or extension of training institutes, technological and night schools:
6.And generally to enquire and report as to any improvement which may be calculated to increase the efficiency of education in the colony of Victoria.

Now Know you that We, reposing great trust and confidence in your zeal discretiony learning, and ability, have constituted and appointed, and by these presents do constitute and appoint, you the said Charles Henry Pearson to be our Commissioner for the purposes aforesaid: And We do by these presents give and grant unto you full power and authority to call before you such person or persons as you shall judge likely to afford you any information upon the subject of this our Commission, and to enquire of and concerning the premises by all lawful ways and means whatsoever: And We will and command that this our Commission shall continue in full force and virtue and that you our said Commissioner shall and may from time to time and at any place or places, proceed in the execution thereof and of every matter and thing therein contained: And lastly We direct that you do, with as little delay as possible, report to us under your hand and seal your opinions resulting from from the said enquiry.

In testimony whereof We have caused these our letters to be made patent and the seal of our said colony to be hereunto affixed.

Seal of the Colony of Victoria

Witness our trusty and well-beloved Sir George Ferguson Bowen, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over the Colony of Victoria and its dependencies, and Vice-Admiral of the same, &c., &c., at Melbourne, this twenty-fifth day of June, One thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, and in the forty-first year of our Reign.

G. F. Bowen.

By His Excellency's Command,

Graham Berry.

Entered on Record by me in the Register of Patents, Book 20, page 33, this twenty-seventh day of June, One thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven.

W. H. Odgers.