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Notes on a recent dredging trip in the Derwent


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Morton, Alexander 1890 , 'Notes on a recent dredging trip in the Derwent' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 185-187 .

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The Tasmanian Fisheries Commissioners having decided to
examine the several bays in the river Derwent, for the
purpose of ascertaining whether, as in former times, there
still existed natural oyster beds, advantage was taken of the
opportunity to pay special attention to the marine fauna that
nught be obtained by the means of the dredge. Mr. A.
Durrand, F.R.M.A., a gentleman on a visit to Tasmania, who
has made a collection of Foraminifera from many parts of the southern seas, accompanied us on our trip.Several bays to the northward of the harbour were tried,
but the dredge failed to secure any specimens of oysters, and
in only one or two instances did we obtain any dead shells.
Although from a commercial point of view the result of the
dredging trip proved comparatively a failure, still from a
scientific point we were amply rewarded.
I am convinced
that a most interesting and valuable collection of
marine fauna may be obtained in the Derwent, and have
decided that during the summer months I intend to carry
out a similar system of dredging to that I was engaged in
for the Sydney Museum on the Queensland Coast and Port
Jackson during the years 1879, 1881-82.
Discussion ensued whereupon Mr. Allport said the biggest haul of scallops was found round the powder hulks near Government House.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Morton, Alexander
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
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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