From William Odgers   24 October 1870

Chief Secretary's Office

Melbourne 24th October 1870

Sir

The Chief Secretary directs me to inform you that on visiting the Botanic Gardens on Friday last he was greatly surprised at observing their neglected state. He observed the boys lately sent from the Industrial Schools apparently doing what they thought fit, not working as they should have been under the eye of an overseer, and in fact there was no appearance of control of any kind being exercised over their movements

The conservatories were not in the condition which he should have expected to find them and the whole Department bore in his opinion unmistakeable evidences of a want of proper supervision and systematic management

I have the honor to be

Sir

Your most obedient servant

W. H. Odgers1

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Please cite as “FVM-70-10-24,” in Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, edited by R.W. Home, Thomas A. Darragh, A.M. Lucas, Sara Maroske, D.M. Sinkora, J.H. Voigt and Monika Wells accessed on 17 August 2022, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/vonmueller/letters/70-10-24