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Proceedings of the Royal Society for March, 1876

Royal Society of Tasmania 1876 , 'Proceedings of the Royal Society for March, 1876' , Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 1-5 .

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The first evening meeting of the session was held on Tuesday, the 14th
March, T. Stephens, Esq., M.A., F.G.S., in the chair.
-Specimen received from Mr. T. Williams of the Pacific Heron (Ardea.
pacifica), shot at Lake Tiberias.
The Secretary observed that this specimen was of interest, as it afforded
the first known indication of the presence of the Ardea pacifica in Tasmania.
As to its habitat, Gould in his description of the bird only states it
is "a summer visitor to the whole of the Southern Coast of Australia."
-Mr. Stephens drew attention to a specimen of fossil wood (presentation No. 13), received from Mr. Baynton, exhibiting in section a good
example of the concentrically ribboned crystal locally known as carnelian,
and throwing some light upon its origin.
-The following communication—"An attempted solution of the roaring
of the Western Mountains," by the Rev. E. P. Adams—was read.
-Some extracts were read by the Chairman from a paper by Mr. E. T.
Newton, F.G.S., on the result of a microscopical examination of "Tasmanite,"
the so-called "Dysodile" of the Mersey.
-Mr. Stephens remarked that Mr. R. M. Johnston of Launceston had given
much time and attention to the examination of these discs, or rather sacs,
in the Mersey schist, though his description differed slightly from that of
Mr. Newton.
-The Secretary informed the meeting that His Excellency had intended
opening the session by an inaugural address. Absence from town had
prevented this, but His Excellency proposed making the address at the next
monthly meeting. It was also mentioned that a paper by Mr. R. M.
Johnston on the "Tertiary Marine Deposits of Tasmania" had been received
in time for the present meeting. This, however, could only be read by
the Rev. J. E. Tenison Woods, as he was prepared to illustrate and explain
it by reference to a collection of fossils which accompanied the paper, and
with which he was familiar. As Mr. Woods was absent on duty, the
reading of this paper had to be postponed until his return to town, which
was expected to take place before the April meeting.

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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