The Cobourg Years: 1870-1879

1870
Founding of the Glee Club.

1871

Inauguration of the Senior Stick, awarded annually to a Junior selected by his classmates as being "intellectually, morally, physically and erratically preeminent in virtue and otherwise, especially otherwise"(Acta Victoriana, 1885).

The Department of Theology (two years later made the Faculty of Theology) is added. Nathanael Burwash Vic 1859 is appointed Dean of Theology.

1874

December: The first Bob party, named in honour of Robert Beare, the caretaker of Victoria. The annual Bob party, featuring farce of the broadest variety at the expense of freshman and faculty, became a Vic Institution. Since World War II, it has developed into a revue.

Founding of the V.P. Society (a science club) and the Jackson Society (a literary club for theology students).

1876

Laying of the cornerstone of Faraday Hall, the first building in Ontario devoted to the
teaching of science.
Victoria awards its first B.Sc. to William Renwick Riddell

1877

Mary Crossen (later Burns), the first woman permitted to take the lectures with male students at Victoria College, is awarded the degree of M.E.L (Mistress of English Literature) by Brookhurst Academy and Victoria jointly.

1878

Founding of Acta Victoriana, the longest-running student publication in Canada.
Founding of the Natural Science Association.

1879

First Senior Dinner given for graduands.

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