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Royal Society of Tasmania, (1877) Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of September, 1877. Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 21-22.

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Abstract

The monthly evening meeting of the Society was held on Tuesday, 11th September, His Excellency the Governor in the chair. In the absence of the author, the Secretary read the concluding portion of "Notes on the Hobart Town Reservoir," by T. Stephens, Esq., F.G.S. The Rev. W. W. Spicer, M.A., F.R.M.S., read a paper entitled " Notes on the Flora of Tasmania." The author gave a most graphic and masterly sketch of the distribution of the flora throughout the island, with descriptions of many of its peculiar forms, and of their effect on the scenery, contrasting them with the vegetation at home and elsewhere. The paper throughout betrayed a perfect and practical acquaintance with all the known flora of Tasmania, and was listened to with the greatest interest and attention. In reference to a subject which was brought forward at a late meeting of the society, to wit, the difference in the time of the leafing of trees here and in England, His Excellency mentioned he had recently noticed in the Gardens at Government House that the Oak came into leaf earlier than the Sycamore, whilst the reverse was the case in England. His Excellency also presented a parcel of the pods of Prosopis juliflora obtained from the Royal Gardens, Kew. On the parcel being opened it was found that almost every pod had been attacked by a sort of weevil, the vitality of the seed being probably destroyed in consequence. After the meeting, Mr. Lewald, who has had experience in chemical analysis under the "Adulteration of Food Commission," in England, showed, by means of the Society's microscope, how, by polarised light, various animal and vegetable fats may be distinguished from each other; and how, therefore, in the case of mixture of any of these substances for the purpose of fraud, the adulteration may be detected. The substances subjected to the polariscope were sperm oil, paraffin, beef fat, mutton fat, and cocoa butter.

Item Type: Article
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. 21-22
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: 19 Nov 2012 01:27
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:44
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/15423
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