Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of May, 1891

Royal Society of Tasmania 1891 , 'Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of May, 1891' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , v-vii .

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The monthly meeting of this Society was held on May 13, the
President His Excellency Sir R. G. C. Hamilton K.C.B., in the chair.
There was a good attendance of Fellows, and also a number of lady
The Secretary read a telegram from Baron "Von Mueller, suggesting a
deputation from the Society to the Government in aid of the fund now
being raised for the proposed Antarctic Expedition.
Mr. Morton, as secretary, called attention to the fact that two
members of the Society, Mr. James Barnard and Hon, Dr. Agnew,
celebrated this month their jubilee as members of the Society. In
1841 both of these gentlemen were admitted as members, Mr. Barnard
having been admitted on the motion of Mr. Bedford, seconded by Sir
John Franklin. At that meeting there were present Rev. Dr. Lillie,
and Captains Ross and Crozier, who had just returned from a cruise to
the Antarctic Ocean. He believed that this Society, one of the oldest in
Australia, was the only one that could boast of having two members
who had been so long in membership, and still able to take their part
as active working members.
Mr. A. Morton drew attention to a fungus affecting the apple.
During the last few weeks several apples had been sent him.
On examination he found they were attacked by a fungus, and on submitting
them to Dr. N. A. Cobb, of the Department of Agriculture
of Sydney, he reported that the fungus was the ordinary apple
scab, Fusicladium dendriticum, and that it might be almost prevented,
at a slight cost, by spraying the trees once in every two or three weeks
during the spring and summer with the mixture known as " Ammonio-carbonate
of copper.".
L. Rodway wrote I regret I shall be unable to be at the Royal
Society's meeting to-night. Would you mind recording the existence
in Tasmania of the two following plants :—
Lobelia rhombifolia, found in October, 1890, on the road from St.
Helens to Constable Creek by Wm. Fitzgerald. The plant was sent to
me, and I forwarded it to Baron Von Mueller, and I enclose his reply.
Unfortunately I have no specimens.
Orthoceras strictum, found in December. 1890, by Mr. Geo. Hinsby
near George's Bay. I recognised the plant as 0. strictum, and when
Baron Von Mueller was here he confirmed it I leave the dried
specimen for your examination.
Mr. R. M. Johnston gave a lucid and practical demonstration
of the method of working a new calculating machine introduced into
the Statistician's Department to facilitate the work of that department
in calculations. The machine is called the "Arithmometer."

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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