Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of October, 1896

Royal Society of Tasmania 1896 , 'Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of October, 1896' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , xvii-xxi .

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The Chief Justice (Sir Lambert Dobson) presided at the monthly
meeting of the Royal Society of Tasmania held October 13th, 1896..
The Secretary (Mr. Alex. Morton) read letters of apology from Sir
James Agnew, Hon. C H. Grant, Messrs. J. Barnard, J. B. Walker,
and R. M. Johnston.
In taking the chair, Sir Lambert Dobson said : In the last few hours
death had claimed one whose name had stood amongst the foremost of
the scientific botanists of the world. Baron Ferdinand Von Mueller
had passed away, and it was fitting that on this first occasion of the
meeting of the Society they should give expression to the deep regret
the members felt at the loss that the scientific world, and Australia
especially, had sustained in that sad event. Mr. L. Rodway read a paper on fungi in his usual interesting and
instructive style. He said that whilst all other branches of plant life
had ample attention paid to them the fungi were neglected because of
vast numbers and variety, evanescence, and obscurity, which necessitated
a painted copy and microscopical examination.
Mr. J. R. McClymont, M.A., read a very interesting paper entitled
*' An Explanation of the Voyage of Alvarado, as narrated by Galvano."
The author said that when Cortes had accomplished the conquest, and,
what was called euphemistically, the pacification of Mexico, he resolved
to despatch an expedition to the Moluccas by a course near to
the Equator. Galvano states that Cortes undertook this task in order
that the new Viceroy, Mendoza, should not rob him of his honour. The paper, from a geographical point of view, was a
most interesting one, and threw much light on the work done in the
l5th and 16th centuries by the early navigators. Mr F. Lodge called attention to a reference in the Magazine of Art
to an Austrian painter having painted an imaginary scene of the death
of Sir John Franklin. He mentioned it in order that inquiry might
be made to know if it was possible to obtain prints of the picture.
The Secretary said he would make inquiries.
The proceedings then terminated with a vote of thanks to the readers
of the papers.

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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