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

Royal Society of Tasmania 1885 , 'Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of May, 1885.' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , cvii-cx .

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The monthly meeting of the Royal Society of Tasmania was held on
Tuesday evening, 12th May, Mr. James Barnard, V.P., in the chair,
and several ladies were present. A very large number of Fellows were
present. The following gentlemen, who had been previously nominated
by the Council, were balloted for, and declared duly elected as Honorary
Members of the society, viz. :—The Hon. William Mackay, F.L.S.,
M.L.C., etc., Edward Pierson Ramsay, F.R.S.E., F.L.S., "etc., etc.,
Curator Australian Museum, Sydney . In proposing the former gentleman
the hon. secretary (Dr. Agnew) referred to him as one of the
first naturalists in the colonies, to whom they were indebted for
many favours. To the trustees of the Australian Museum and Mr.
Ramsay, he said, they were under special compliment for valuable
additions to their Museum. Mr. Ramsay had it in his power to be serviceable
to them, and he had always exercised it in their favour. It
was to the Trustees and him they were indebted for the valuable collection
of New Guinea and other birds which were displayed on their
table that evening.
The Chairman said he had, on the part of the council, to make the
gratifying announcement to the Fellows of the society that since their
last meeting they had received from the executors of the late Dr. Joseph
Milligan a legacy of £350, which was to be devoted to furthering the
various objects of the society. Although it was nearly 30
years since Dr. Milligan quitted Tasmania for Europe, he had nevertheless
taken a vivid interest in the affairs of the society, and this had
culminated in his final act of bequeathing such a handsome legacy to
the institution he loved so well. Those who had the
privilege of enjoying the intimate acquaintance of Dr. Milligan while
he was secretary of this society would remember the zeal with which
he threw himself into the advocacy of the building of the museum.Lieut. C. E. Beddome stated that no doubt the Fellows were aware
of the large shipment of salmon ova which had arrived during the last
few days, and which had been deposited at the Ponds, and he was happy
to inform them that about 50,000 eggs were alive and looking well. Also included are additions to the Library, presentations to the museum and time of leafing, fruiting and flowering of a few standard plants in the Royal Societies gardsns during April, 1885

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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