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The Tasmanian Society was founded by Governor Sir John
Franklin in 1838. It had no definite name, however,
until 1842 when it was referred to in its journal,
The Tasmanian Journal of Natural Science, Agriculture,
Statistics etc.
The first secretary was Ronald Campbell Gunn, Private
Secretay to Sir John Franklin, succeeded in 1841 by
the new Private Secretary, Francis Hartwell. The
Rev. Philip Gell (Who came to act as headmaster to
the proposed new college) became secretary in 1842.
On 3rd October 1843 the new Governor Sir Eardley Wilmot
was elected president but on 14 October 1843 he
convened a meeting with the object, of amalgamating
with the Horticultural Society and the Mechanics
Institute. All except five members withdrew, accepted
the resignation of Sir Eardley Wilmot and re-elected
Sir John Franklin as President. The Society then
centred itself on Launceston where Ronld Gunn continued
publishing the Tasmanian Journal, the last volume
being number 3 (1846-1849). The Journal contains
minutes of meetings, the last being 10 May 1948.
In 1847 an unsuccessful attempt was made to unite with
the new Royal Society of Tasmania and in 1849 the rules
of the latter Society were altered to allow easy election
of members of the Tasmanian Society.

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Tasmania, Royal Society of Tasmania, science, natural science, social history, Australia, indexes, University of Tasmania, Library, private deposits, archives, Collections, catalogue, Special, Van Diemen's Land, Tasmanian society
Publisher: Royal Society of Tasmania, University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
Collections: Royal Society Collection
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Royal Society Collection RS.147

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