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Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania for the month of May, 1875
Royal Society of Tasmania, (1875) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania for the month of May, 1875. Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 7-12.
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The monthly evening meeting was held on Tuesday, the llth May, M. Allport, Esq., V.P., in the chair. -Presentations Nos. 2 and 3 were examined with much interest, and in connection with them the Chairman offered the following remarks :— "About the middle last month Mr. Wm. Peacock, of Sorell, presented to the Museum the beautiful specimen of the Nankeen Kestrel( Tinnimcidus cenchrokles) now before you. Tasmania is not given as a habitat of this charming hawk by Gould, and this is probably the first instance of its presence here being publicly recorded, though I find another specimen in the Museum labelled from Clarence Plains, and presented by Mr. Luckman in April, 1873." -Includes a letter from Edward Swan about "Reed Warblers (Calamoherpe Atistralis) that had taken up their quarters among a bed of reeds on the banks of the North Esk, near Launceston. -A letter from Mr. A. K. Chapman, addressed to the secretary, was read. The following is an extract : — "Sir,—I have the honour to bring under the notice of the Royal Society the desirability of some steps being taken to restore the rapidly diminishing stock of our most valuable timber tree, the blue gum (Euacalyptus globulus). The Secretary, after reminding the meeting that the Society on a former occasion had addressed the Government on the subject of the improvement of the Domain, mentioned that Mr. P. T. Smith had recently taken a warm interest in the matter and had lately requested a visitor to the colony, who was versed in matters of the kind, to inspect the Domain with a view to giving such hints towards possible improvements as he might think necessary. -Mr. Barnard highly approved of the proposed grubbing out of all diseased and unsightly trees, and thought the sale of the wood would repay the cost. He deprecated any idea, however, of making the Domain too artificial in its features. -Mr. Grant suggested if Government was asked for permission to allow the Superintendent of the Society's Gardens to undertake the work, it would be granted at once. Private subscriptions might be got up for the expense of fencing, and the whole might be under the direction of a committee chosen from the Council. Mr. Rule thought the suggestion might be acted on, and proposed that Mr. P. T. Smith, Mr. M. Allport, Mr. Stephens, and Dr. Agnew be appointed as the committee.
|Keywords:||Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania|
|Page Range:||pp. 7-12|
|Additional Information:||In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.|
|Date Deposited:||07 Nov 2012 05:07|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 04:44|
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