Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of September, 1890

Royal Society of Tasmania 1890 , 'Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of September, 1890' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , xxvi-xxix .

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The monthly meeting of this body was held on Monday, September
l5. The President, His Excellency Sir R.G.C. Hamilton, took the
chair. There was a good attendance of Fellows, and a large number of
ladies were present, including Lady Hamilton.
the following resolution was agreed to: "That the Society desires
to express its sympathy with the proposal for the despatch of an expedition
to the Antarctic regions, under the conduct of Baron Nordenskiold,
and resolves that active steps be taken to collect subscriptions in
aid of so desirable an object, the Royal Society heading the list with
a donation of £50."
Most of the members agreed that it was desirable that the little known country in the neighbourhood of the South Pole should be explored. Mr. J. B. Walker read a short and interesting account of the last
Antarctic expedition, taken from Sir James Ross's book on the Antarctic
expedition of the Erebus and Terror.
Mr. A. Morton read a paper entitled, "What Science and Commerce may gain from an Antarctic Expedition." He referred to the
Scientific results that had been obtained from expeditions to the North
Pole in the way of the confirmation and correction of scientific theories
relating to ocean currents, magnetic deviations, climatology, geographical
distribution of plants, animals, etc.
In relation to the Antarctic Expedition assistance, Mr. James Andrew moved,-"That the Council of the Society
carry out the work in connection with the proposed expedition."
Mr. J. B. Walker seconded, and the motion was agreed to.
Mr. R. M. Johnston read a paper entitled "Observations on the
Influence of Strikes upon Real Wages." Major-General Tottenham suggested, as a solution of the labour difficulty,
that wages should be fixed for a year, and a month's notice given
of any change.
Furhter discussion was required before a decision could be made.

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 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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