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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Royal Society of Tasmania
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
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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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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