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Legge, William Vincent 1889 , 'Protection of the Cape Barren goose' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 41-42 .

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There is another bird for the protection of which I would
suggest steps be taken by this Society. It is the Cape
Barren Goose {Cereopsis Novae Hollandiae), a bird of very
limited distribution, which is only found to inhabit the
Bass Straits Islands, and according to Gould, the adjacent
shores of Victoria. I make the suggestion purely in the
interests of science, and I am therefore aware that it will be all
the more difficult to carry out the matter. This goose is one
of the very interesting monotypic generic forms which exist
among the Anatidce in Australia, the others being the Semipalmated
goose, Anseranas melanoleucos, the pink-eyed duck,
Malacorjpynchus memhranaceus, the musk duck, Biziura lobata,
and the freckled duck, Stictonetta naevosa. There is but one
species to each of these remarkable genera (all forms peculiar
to the Australian region) and it would be a thousand pities to
see any of these birds become extinct.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Legge, William Vincent
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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