Proposed Coniferae plantations

von Mueller, Ferdinand 1893 , 'Proposed Coniferae plantations' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , xix-xxi .

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The following notes were read on the proposed planting of coniferae
in Tasmania :
By Baron Ferd. Von Mueller, F.R.S., K.C.M.G.:—" With much
pleasure, dear Mr. Morton, I respond to the request of the Royal Society
of Tasmania, as moved by your distinguished Fellow, Mr. R. M.
Johnston, and supported by the Hon. N. J Brown, that I should, along
with our able friend. Mr. Abbott, give my opinion on the advisability of
growing the Pinus silvestris on a commercial and industrial scale in Tasmania.
Your island is undoubtedly particularly well fitted on account
of its generally cool climate for the rearing of this pine, as compared to
most other regions of Australia. Moreover, in your lowlands the growth
will be of more celerity than in Britain, and the same remark applies,
of course, to the larch and other trees mentioned at the Royal Society's
last meeting. But, as besides the red deal, also the timber of the European
white deal (from Pinus pirla) is much imported here, that species, as
well as the leading lumber pines of North America, would deserve
attention for forestral purposes in Tasmania also, thus particularly
Pinus strobus, P. douglasii, P. lambertiana ; nor should the vast
timber pines of the Himalayas be lost sight of, such for instance as the
Pinus deodara and P. excelsa. Several other species of prominent
timber value are mentioned in my work on ' Select plants for industrial
culture and naturalisation, with notes as to their respective properties.'

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:von Mueller, Ferdinand
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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