Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of November, 1897

Royal Society of Tasmania 1897 , 'Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of November, 1897' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , xvi-xxi .

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The last monthly meeting of the Royal Society of Tasmania, and the
last of the session of 1897, was held on Monday, November 15, in their
room at the Museum, when Mr. T. Stephens presided, and there was a
fair attendance of members and visitors.
Mr. R. M. Johnston said : Before proceeding with the business of the
evening, he would like to say he was sure all very gladly welcomed back
amongst them their esteemed secretary, Mr. Alex. Morton.
Mr. Morton had accomplished good work in Western Australia, and had
enriched both the Museums of Western Australia and Tasmania to a
very great extent. He was very pleased indeed to see him back and
looking so well and hearty, and was glad now to re-commit to him the
small part of the duties he had performed during his (Mr. Mortons)
Mr. Morton wished to thank Mr. R. M. Johnston and Mr. Rodway
for having so kindly acted in his absence. He was not going to say
anything that evening about his trip, because there was a full programme
already, and he would defer the subject till their first meeting next
Mr. Morton recommended to the meeting for election, as corresponding
members, the following gentlemen of Western Australia, who had
rendered him much help whilst in the colony, and took a deep interest
in this society. They were :—Mr. B. H. Woodward, Curator Perth
Museum ; W. J. Greenard, Inspector of Mines, Cue, western division ;
and Mr. H. B. Walsh, Police Magistrate, Upper Murehison, Mileura
Station, West Australia, Mr. Greenard helped him very considerably.
Indeed, he did not know how he would have, got on without him.
On one trip he drove him 100 miles and helped him to get some very
valuable mineral specimens. Mr. Walsh also assisted him in obtaining
valuable ethnological collections.
The gentlemen were unanimously elected.
The Secretary (Mr. Alex. Morton) said that during his recent visit
to Melbourne he had met Professor W. Baldwin Spencer, M.A., Professor
of Biology of the Melbourne University, who had informed him
that the United Scientific Societies of Australasia had agreed to unite
in obtaining sufficient funds for the purpose of establishing some
tangible form of perpetuating the memory of the illustrious deceased
Baron Von Mueller.
The members present were of opinion that something in the way of a
scholarship was more preferable than a monument, which, if erected
should be more of a local character, and decided to support the proposal
of the Council of the Royal Society of Tasmania.

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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