From Redmond Barry   10 December 1874



My Dear Baron,

In reply to your letter of the 9th1 I beg leave to say that some time since the Council of the University were informed that it was proposed to pull down the Botanical Museum erected in the grounds of the Government House and a suggestion was made to the Council to erect one on the grounds of the University.

To this the Council agreed on certain conditions amongst which were — 1. That the money voted for the purpose should be placed at the disposal of the Council. 2. That the building should be theirs. 3 — That provision should be made for the annual maintenance on the estimates of a sufficient number of attendants and supply of drugs paper &c required to preserve the specimens

4. That the Museum should be open to the public during convenient hours.

Nothing has been heard recently of the further intentions of the Government so my supposition is that the project is abandoned for the present at least The introduction into the grounds of the University of a Museum2 over which the Council has no direct control has been found so extremely inconvenient that the Council would not on any account have consented to the latter proposal but that your very valuable collection appeared to be likely to be displaced without having a suitable place for its protection.

Believe me to be

My dear Baron,

Very truly yours

(sd) Redmond Barry.


December 10 1874


Baron von Mueller

Letter not found.
The National Museum of Victoria.

Please cite as “FVM-74-12-10,” 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,