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Royal Society of Tasmania, (1889) Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of April, 1889. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. vi-viii.

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Abstract

A meeting of the Royal Society of Tasmania was held at the
Tasmanian Museum on April 16th. The President, His Excellency Sir
Robert. (Jr. C. Hamilton, K.C.B., presided, and there was a large
attendance of Fellows and ladies, including Lady Hamilton.
The secretary laid on the table a listing of the additions to the
library .
The Secretary drew attention to a rare bird that had lately been
shot near Muddy Plains. It was commonly known in Australia as the " nankeen kestrel," Tinnunculus cinhceroides. Mr. Morton stated
that it was a singular coincidence that in April 1875, two specimens
now in the Museum, were shot at Sorell. On dissection the bird now
exhibited proved to be a female. The habitat of this bird, as recorded
in Dr. Ramsay's list, was N.W. Australia, Queensland, and Victoria.
Another specimen, " the golden plover," Charadrius fulvus, shot at
the Great Lake by Mr, T. Clarke, as also a grebe, Podiceps australis,
shot by the same gentleman, was shown, having been shot at the
Great Lake.
The Secretary also drew attention to a valuable collection of
minerals from the great Broken Hill Mine that had been kindly presented
to the Museum by Mr. F. Back, General Manager Tasmanian
Government Railways.
Mr. J. R. McClymont, M.A., stated he had much pleasure in placing
on record a new bird to the lists of birds at Tasman's Peninsula, the
brown quail, Synoicus australis. He also exhibited a specimen of
native bread, with a peculiar fungus growing from the bread.

Item Type: Article
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
Page Range: vi-viii
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

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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