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The President stated that registration was probably the foremost in the aggressive work of the R.V.I.A. The Premier of New South Wales (Mr. Holman) was about to introduce a bill into the parliament of the mother state.

General Meeting


This had caused the lower part of the wall to move at the level of the horizontal wet flow. When this was noticed, immediate measures were taken to prevent a recurrence of the trouble.


The President expressed the hope that before long arrangements would be made for all V.A.S.S. students, including those who were not already Students of the Institute, to attend all meetings of the Institute. He was pleased to report that 46 students had paid their fees for the university course in architecture in 1914. He hoped that the council of the institute would give e.g. annual scholarships to two of the students under a specified age, to the extent of paying all their university fees.

The institute had always taken a great interest in educational work and provided grants for it every year. The President then read the list of officers who had been nominated for the coming year, and as there was no contest, he declared each to be duly elected.


We recognize that some government officials are business professionals of high professional caliber. We would not require reference to the decisions of the former, but self-preservation would require reference to the opinions of the latter. I have not yet seen the British Institute's proposals, but I have looked carefully at the proposals from the Society of Architects (London).

This is subject to a provision excluding domestic class buildings not exceeding two storeys in height or 1250 square meters in area. These are, of course, rough suggestions, which I submit for further consideration by members of the Institute. Most of the seniors are students of our institute and their names are registered in our annual list.

These seniors have most of the rights of our members except that of voting at meetings, and the Victorian Architectural Students' Society, as it is called, receives annually from our Institute the whole of the fees paid by the Students for the privilege of associated with the Institute.

The city of Melbourne had adopted amended regulations, and most of the suburbs were considering new regulations, and the result, he was sure, would be chaos. In England and America fixtures were placed in cellars, sometimes 5o feet below the surface of the ground, and W.Cs. To prevent the action of the blowpipe, the main door leaf consists of about six in.

In place of the old-fashioned flat hinge, a new pattern has been substituted that allows for double movement and is called a crane hinge. All edges of the door and frame are precisely machined and left in a polished state to prevent the possibility of sticking. On the inside, the door is secured with 24 strong latches of round cross-section, which pass through a solid steel frame, the thickness of which varies from two to four centimeters, depending on the weight of the door.

The model of the door, which, we understand, is true to scale and represents the construction of the door weighing anything from two to thirty tons, presented an extremely massive appearance, and seemed to us to illustrate a considerable advance in the matter of safety. .


It is also considered fair to both competitors and the public that once an award has been made, all designs should be publicly exhibited. This exhibit is sought after at the Metropolitan Markets events and the Flemington Grand Stand competitions. It also provides for reference in case of disputes, to the Chairman and Deputy Chairman, both of the Association of Builders and of the R.V.I.A., in the manner of appointment of the works officer.

Trade matters. - The tradesmen interested in these materials in question asked for and obtained the opinion of the Council as to the laying of tiles, &c. and determining the brands of painting materials. Davine and Reade from the Urban Planning Association will also give a series of lectures on this topic. While the R.V.I.A. supported the general aims, he objected to many of the details proposed by the deputation.

Elevators.—The Elevator Owners' Association requested the cooperation of the Institute in connection with the amendment of the regulations relating to elevators.

R e p ort ot Council 25 Tompkins has attended the Conference on behalf of the R.V.I.A

R ap port ot Council 25 Tompkins has attended the conference on behalf of the R.V.I.A. as associates of the institute. Change is planned in the syllabus for the exam in order to meet the requirements of the university's study programme. However, the time for preparing the subjects is too short to be used.

Sections.—At the beginning of the year, a new departure was made by the formation of "Sections" to deal with the lot. Members of the Institute were invited to submit the topics on which information was sought, in the relevant sections. Competition, corrosion of steel structures, marking of hardwood chips, stacking of hardwood joinery, are some of the issues that will be addressed in the near future by the relevant sections.

Luncheon.—A luncheon for visiting delegates of the British Association is being arranged among the professional institutes in Victoria.

Report of Council

The editor has clearly worked on the original policy, that the "Proceedings" is not just another popular art magazine, but that it is the Proceedings of a Learned Body, and as such should avoid many contributions, which would be included in a magazine for the public. The editor draws the attention of the readers of the "Journal" to the advertisements, which are from well-known firms, and is confident that their advertising business has received good demand in the direction of increased trade. The "Proceedings" is more than self-sufficient and has never been an indictment against the In-.

The Editor would like to thank Mrs. Florence Muriel Little for her able services as Deputy Editor, to Mr. side of Australia, is usually six pence per copy, even as a registered magazine. The editor would also urge readers of papers at institute meetings to hand in their MS.

The editors very much appreciate the trust that the Council and the members of the Institute have placed in him and are confident that this trust has never been violated.


John Gawler, Fellow of the Institute, is likely, we understand, to be appointed Assistant Lecturer in Architecture in the University of Melbourne, in classes under the control of Mr. We have been a kind of architectural father to him since he settled down. his foot on the bottom rung of the professional ladder many years ago, and we now wish him well in his new job. It is curious that at the last meeting of the Institute the three fellows who were proposed for Fellowship were each connected with the R.I:B.A., Mr.

This kind of behavior is too reminiscent of the Australian black's attitude to his gin. The Institute's membership is growing "by leaps and bounds", with several new members having to be elected at each meeting. The Institute aims at the inclusion of every skilled architect within the confines of the Institute and the exclusion of all others.

One day there may be a great collapse of the work of one of these charlatans; then the registration will come at hurricane speed, because it takes something dramatic to move public opinion.

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38 wall surface, which indicated some freedom in the interpretation of the canons of his great contemporaries. Chambers, declared by Professor Donaldson a few days after the design appeared in print, to be "raking out a kind of lowest state of corrupt erection, a period marked by the senility of decaying taste. The cramped surroundings, and confined nature of the site in the narrow Moorgate Place , which would make him.

So excited was Belcher by this work, both in its competitive phase and in the execution of the design, that he drew all the details with his own hand. Shortly after the success of Moorgate Place, he was one of nine invited to compete for the completion of the South Kensington Museum. In his design there was certainly mas-. I am not sure of the order of several competitive schemes, but it was in the early years that Francis Doyle somehow beat him in Liverpool above the Royal Insurance Buildings, when Belcher presented possibly one of the finest and boldest ideas. in matters of height (I never met with the plan) he ever produced.

Some of this is inexplicable in the light of his scholarly knowledge of the essentials of architecture, although there is a consistency about his later designs which is not so prevalent in the earlier ones.

John Belcher, Vail . 43


The following gentlemen added to the enjoyment of the evening by contributing to the programme:—Messrs. On March loth the annual election of office-bearers for the year 1914 was held, and the election resulted as follows. After the formal business was disposed of, advantage was taken of viewing the fine display of photographs in the additional photographic room.

As a conclusion to the instructions received by the general meeting, the committee has now issued copies of the new statute and rules in book form. A visit to the Exhibition of Old Furniture at Government House on April 4th is proposed, and it is hoped that there will be a large turnout of members.

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