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Royal Society of Tasmania, (1885) Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of July, 1885. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. cxiv-cxxxi.

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The monthly evening meeting of the Royal Society of Tasmania was held on Tuesday evening, Mr. James Barnard, Vice-president, occupying the chair. There were fifty-six Fellows in attendance, amongst those present being the Bishop of Tasmania (Dr. Sandford), the Acting- Chief Justice (Hon. W. R. Giblin), and several ladies. Dr. A. Bingham Crowther and Mr. R. R. Rex were re-elected Fellows of the Society. Owing to the indisposition of the Hon. Secretary, for whose absence the Chairman apologised, the Curator of the Museum brought forward the usual returns including additions to the library, presentations to the museum. Mr. W. F. Ward, A.E.S.M., Government Analyst, read the following paper on the Impurities of Water in Relation to Typhoid Fever. Mr. C. J. Atkins read some notes on the sea-worm Synapta, illustrated by Polarized Light. A most interesting feature of the evening's proceedings was the microscopic exhibition. Mr. Atkins' very fine Ross instrument was used for the display of the various features of the Synapta suriniensis referred to in his paper, their peculiar formation and anchor-like appendages creating much wonderment. On the table was exhibited an oil painting of an English salmon by S. Rolfe, the celebrated fish artist, who is familiarly known as the Landseer among fishes. The Curator read a paper by Baron F. Von Mueller, K.C.M.G., entitled, "Notes on Jean Julien Houton Labellardiere, botanist of the search expedition sent out under Admiral D'Entrecasteaux to ascertain the fate of Count La Perouse and his crew. " The paper was accompanied by a photo-lithograph of Labellardiere, a copy of which will be inserted in the proceedings of the society for the year. Dr. H. A. Perkins, said that no doubt the Fellows were aware that a Public Health Bill was shortly to be introduced by the Government, but he was sorry to see that the power in some cases to deal with this important matter was to be left in local hands, which, in his opinion, would not tend to work satisfactorily

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: cxiv-cxxxi
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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