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The R.V.LA. Record of War Service.—It is the intention in the next issue of the "Journal" to enter upon the publication of the Institute's Record of War Service—members and sons of members.

Will any, therefore, who have not yet furnished particulars, or who may desire to add to what has already been sent in, kindly advise the Hon. Secretary at earliest.

Royal Academy.—Prince Albert, responding to the Royal toast at the Dinner presided over by Sir Aston Webb, uttered some eminently suggestive sentences. Here is one : "Painters, Sculptors, and Architects have their responsibility in representing scenes and portraits, monuments, memorials, buildings, in such a form as to in- spire those who see them with greater powers of observation and sympathy of enterprise and imagination."

Architecture at the Royal Academy.—A model of the design to be carried out in the rebuilding of the Quadrant in Regent Street, London, occupies the place of honor this year in the Architectural Room. It may be remembered that this design, remodelling Norman Shaw's monumental scheme, was prepared by Sir Aston Webb, P.R.A., Sir Reginald Blomfield, R.A., and Ernest Newton, R.A., in conference at the request of the Government. It is certainly a joint production which invites one to indulge in close critical analysis.

The `Building News" considers the Zionists' proposed Hebrew University at Jerusalem "the most interesting, and in many respects the most original and capable Architectural subject on view," the Architect being F. C. Meares, of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Professor Patrick Geddes.

It will be of peculiar interest to members of the Students' Society to know that G. Gilbert Scott, A.R.A., exhibits in the Academy the interior of a proposed chapel for the Liverpool College for Girls, of non-Gothic character, spoken of as "a refined, lofty and white-domed interior, reserved in treatment, having side transepts and Corinthian columns." One awaits, somewhat impatiently, its illustration.

At a general Assembly of the Royal Academy, Sir Robert Lori- mer, Architect, was elected an Associate member. All who are acquainted with his masterly treatment of The Knights of the Thistle Chapel allied to St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, cannot but i!ï

Along the 33ge=4atbs 93 consider the Academy is to be congratulated, as well as the Scottish recipient whose Alma Mater is Edinburgh University.

A Sign of the Times.—Mr. J. F. Lloyd (President of the Lon- don District Council of the National Federation of Building Trades' Operatives) has spoken in the following strain :—"The houses passed by the Ministry of Health and in course of erection in some places were," he said, "reverting to slumdom, and if the standard were not improved the operatives would refuse to build them. The working classes had quite different ideas as to what constituted a home than they had a few years ago, and they would not be a party to the erection of houses with rooms 8 ft. by 9 ft. by 8 ft. high, with partitions 3 in.

thick or with in. door-jambs, as were provided in some of the ap- proved plans."

Well informed and candid criticism from every quarter is always of value; and of course one of the functions of an Architect is to be on his guard against being a party towards the planning of any dwelling that cannot possibly offer those fundamental conditions which are essential to the founding of a satisfactory home.

Historical Society of Victoria.—At the suggestion of this His- torical Society, the Victorian Railway Commissioners have prepared a set of plates illustrating the development of the present Central Railway Station, Melbourne, to be exhibited in a prominent position on No. i platform.

Congratulations.— To Mr. T. R. Ashworth (F.), and Mr. H.

D. Annear (who in his student days secured one of the Institute's prizes) on their securing first place in public competition for a new Bridge over the Yarra; also to Mr. G. B. Leith (A.), in obtaining second place.

Mr. R. S. Dods, A.R.1.B.A.--In the recent passing of Mr.

Dods at Sydney, the profession suffers the loss of one of its ablest Australian practitioners. In the words of the daily press, "Mr.

Dods had 'a wide interest in the fine arts, and did much to direct and develop local students of fine and applied art. In his own work he was painstaking, and displayed a variety and power best appreciated by fellow workers in his art."

War Service Homes.

In view of resolutions passed by the In- stitute, dealing with War Service Homes, the following is now placed.

on record (as it appeared in the Melbourne "Age") :—In the House [of

along tbc gc4matbs 94 of Representatives on 22nd July, Mr. Maloney (V.), asked what was the total amount paid for Architectural drawings to date to Messrs. Kirkpatrick, Architects for the Commonwealth Bank, in connection with War Service Homes; what was the amount due to them on work not finished; and was any member of the firm of military age, and if so, did he go to the front. The Minister for Home and Territories replied that so far no Architectural fees had been paid. The charge for 3i per cent. for plans and specifications and supervision of construction had been demurred to, and in accord- ance with a clause of the agreement with the Commonwealth Bank all claims of this nature were being submitted for the arbitrament of the Auditor-General. He could not say what amount was due on work not finished until actual claims were received ; and he could not say whether any member of the firm was of military age. In future all plans, specifications, etc., would be completed by the Archi- tectural staff of the War Service Homes Commission, which was com- posed of returned soldiers.

Luncheon.—The Institute in conjunction with the Master Builders' Association, on the 18th June, tendered a Luncheon to Mr.

H. E. Morton (F.), City Engineer and Building Surveyor, on the eve of his going abroad to study municipal conditions in Europe and America, on behalf of the .'City Council. Lieut.-Gen. Sir John Monash, K.C.B. (Hon. F.), presided, and there were about 6o present. The health of the guest was proposed by the Chairman, and supported by Mr. Stapley and Mr. Holmes, respectively Presidents of the Institute and Master Builders'. All felt assured that Melbourne would gain much from the results of the Commission entrusted to Mr. Morton.

Late King Edward.—The Memorial equestrian Statue to the late King was unveiled on July 21st by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth. The work of one of Melbourne's most brilliant sons, Bertram Mackennal, M.V.O., R.A., was born in the city in 1863; and, since studying in Paris, among the commissions, carried out by him were statues of Queen Victoria in India, Australia, and Blackburn, the coinage of the reigning monarch (George V.), pedi- ment of Government Buildings, Westminster, panels of end bays of Parliament House, Melbourne, National Memorial to Gainsborough, and War Memorial, Islington, London, also medals for Olympian Games. And there is no hesitation in stating that the main highway

—St. Kilda Road—of Melbourne, has been greatly enriched by the overlooking of this stately memorial.

V ICTORIAN ARCHITECTURAL

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