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On Tuesday 8th November 1859, the Philosophical Institute received a Royal Charter and became the Royal Society of Victoria.

The society, which originally met in the Assay Office of Crown Lands on La Trobe Street, then at the Natural History Museum at Melbourne University and also at the Mechanics Institute on Collins Street, moved into its current premises at 8 La Trobe Street on Wednesday 21st December 1859.

Royal Society of Victoria,
8 La Trobe Street / 9 Victoria Street,
Corner of Rathdown, La Trobe and Victoria Streets,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000.

Office Bearers of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria and the Royal Society of Victoria

1857
President
The Hon. Captain Andrew Clarke; R.E., M.L.A. Surveyor-General
Vice-President
Dr David Elliott Wilkie, MD & Professor William Parkinson Wilson, MA.
Treasurer
Professor Martin Howy Irving
Hon Secretary
Dr John Macadam MD.

1858
President
Sir William Foster Stawell
Vice-President
Clement Hodgkinson; C.E. & Dr Ferdinand Mueller
Treasurer
Professor Martin Howy Irving
Hon Secretary
Dr John Macadam MD.

1859
President
Baron Sir Ferdinand von Mueller,
Govt Botanist & Director of Botanic Gardens .
Vice-President
Rev John Ignatius Bleasdale & Dr Solomon Iffla.
Hon Treasurer
Professor Martin Howy Irving
Hon Secretary
Dr John Macadam, MD.

1860
President
Sir Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria.
Vice-President
Dr Richard Eades & Professor Georg Neumayer.
Treasurer
Rev John Ignatius Bleasdale.
  Hon Secretary Dr John Macadam, MD.
Council
Mueller, Irving, Osborne, Wilkie, Iffla, McCoy.

1861
President
Sir Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria.
Vice-President
Professor Frederick McCoy & Charles Whybrow Ligar.
Treasurer
Rev John Ignatius Bleasdale.
  Hon Secretary Dr John Macadam, MD.
Council
Mueller, Irving, Osbourne, Wilkie, Iffla, Stawell, Barry, O'Shanassy, Eades, Neumayer, Gilbee, Archer, Wilson.

1862
President
Sir Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria.
Vice-President
Rev John Ignatius Bleasdale & Sir William Stawell.
Treasurer
H F Eaton Esq.
Secretary
Dr John Macadam, MD.

1863
President
Sir Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria.
Vice-President
Sir Redmond Barry & Hon John Macadam.
Treasurer
H F Eaton Esq.
Hon Secretary
R Brough Smyth Esq, FGS.

1864
President
Sir Frederick McCoy,
Prof of Natural Sciences, Govt Palaeontologist, Director of National Museum.
Vice-President
Rev John Ignatius Bleasdale & William Gilbee.
Treasurer
Alexander K Smith, CE, FRSSA.
Hon Secretary
R Brough Smyth Esq, FGS. / Robert L J Ellery.

1865
President
Reverend Dr John Ignatius Bleasdale,
Catholic Priest, Chemist and Minerologist.
Vice-President
Robert L J Ellery & Charles Whybrow Ligar.
Treasurer
Alexander K Smith, CE, FRSSA.
Secretary
Professor von Martius / Thomas E Rawlinson.

1866-1884
President
Robert L J Ellery, Govt Astronomer, Director of Melbourne Observatory.
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