Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of July, 1885.

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
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 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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