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Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of September, 1882


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Royal Society of Tasmania, (1882) Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of September, 1882. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. xxxix-xli.

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The monthly meeting of the Society was held on Monday, the 11th September ; Mr. T. Stephens, V.P., in the chair. The following gentlemen, who had previously been nominated by the Council, were balloted for, and declared duly elected as honorary Members of the Society, viz.:—Baron Ferd. von Mueller, K.C M.G., M.D., F.R.S., Government Botanist of Victoria ; and the Rev. J. E. Tenison -Woods, F,L.S., F.G.S,, F.R.G.S,. Includes meteorological returns, times leafing, flowering, etc., of a few standard plants in the Botanic Gardens during August and presentations to the museum. In reference to the specimens of asbestos from the West Tamar, which were exhibited at the meeting, the Chairman remarked that it was to be regretted that this mineral had hitherto received little attention, though it had long been known to exist in the colony ; indeed, the Asbestos Ranges derived their name from it in very early days, though, as Mr. Gould had pointed out, they were quite unconnected with the serpentine of the neighbourhood of Anderson's Creek, in which rock it occurs. The proper title of the West Tamar mineral is probably Chrysotile, better known as Picrolite, or Schiller asbestos, a fibrous variety of serpentine, which belongs to the hydrous silicates of magnesia. As far as one could judge from superficial examination, the fibre seemed to be of excellent quality, and it would be interesting to ascertain whether it is inferior in any essential point to the other asbestos, so far as regards the special purpose for which it is manufactured.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: xxxix-xli
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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.
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