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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review October, 1920

Memorial Stone Reunion

page 51

Memorial Stone Reunion

Punctually at 11.30 a.m. on Friday, 14th May, His Excellency the Governor-General, Lord Liverpool, arrived at College to lay the War Memorial stone in the new wing.

The weather was so stormy that the attendance was extremely poor. Lord Liverpool delivered a short speech, in which, after expressing sympathy with the friends of the fallen, he paid a fine tribute to the work of our Universities.

"We have been told many times that one of the chief contributory causes to the success of the system of British education is the fact that our learning consists of two portions—one that seeks to inculcate into the mind the knowledge which is derived by the study of books and research, and the other which fills the spirit with the true attributes of manliness, so that the nation may raise up citizens worthy of the heritage handed down by those who have suffered much that our people should live under the free institutions which have become the watchword of our race. To-day, therefore, we commemorate the work of men who never forgot what they had learnt amid the calm which the times of peace bring to those who pass their early years in our halls of learning. . . . Work hard and play hard is a good combination; leave out one and the other becomes abortive. Their joint union means the comradeship which has been so apparent during the years of war, and which is even more necessary if we are to overcome the period of unrest and difficulty which the struggle has forced upon the world."