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Royal Society of Tasmania, 1887 , 'Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of August, 1887' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , xlii-xlix .

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The usual monthly meeting of the Royal Society of Tasmania was
held on August 15. There was a fair attendance of Fellows, and the chair
was occupied by the President, His Excellency Sir Robert Hamilton,
K.C.B., who came accompanied by Miss Hamilton, Miss Harvey, and
Mr. H, W. B. Robinson, the private secretary.
Includes a list of additions to the library during the month of July.
The Secretary read copies of letters sent to the Royal Society of
Victoria with reference to the proposed Antarctic exploration, and read a reply. The Secretary submitted a paper by Baron von Mueller on some plants
new to Tasmania, and others found in new localities. Mr. Perrin read extensive notes on the plants referred to by the
Some correspondence was read with reference to
Mr. Augustus Oldfield, who was a botanist
for many years in Tasmania, and possessed very high testimony of his
scientific acquirements and disinterestedness from Sir J. Hooker,
Baron von Mueller, and other authorities, died in comparative obscurity,
and his friends desired that his name should at least be rescued from
oblivion, considering his valuable work.
Mr. T. Stephens drew attention to several specimens from the tunnel
on the Scottsdale Railway, kindly furnished by the Engineer- in- Chief
(Mr. Fincham.) The tunnel is to be carried through a ridge of that
series of rocks striking more or less north and south which are to be
found at intervals along the whole of the N. Coast, and may be generally
described as Silurian, the subdivision of the primary rocks of Tasmania
being impracticable in the present condition of our knowledge of their
several relations.
Mr. Morton exhibited some very large earthworms kindly obtained
by Mr. Bernard Shaw, Inspector of Police. Some of these measured from
2ft. to 3ft. in length.

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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