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Royal Society of Tasmania, 1855 , 'Proceedings for the month of May, 1854' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 3, no. 1 , pp. 172-175 .

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Proceedings of the Monthly Meeting of the Royal Society of Tasmania held on the 10th May, 1854, His Excellency Sir W. T. Denison, President, in
the chair;
The following members were present :—Drs. Agnew, Hall, McCarthy, Smart,
Colonel Last, Major Cotton, Captain Hawkins, R. E., Messrs. James Burnett,
Francis Butler, W. T. N. Champ, Joseph Hone, Henry Hopkins, D. T. Kilburn,
Alexander MacNaughtan, Thomas Moore, George Rolwegan, Chester Eardley-
His Excellency then read the following note, dated 2nd February, 1854, from Sir
W. J. Hooker. " Sir, The Earl of Clarendon having with great difficulty procured
from Morocco perfectly fresh seeds of the Argan-tree (Argania sideroxylon)
, and placed a quantity of them at my disposal. A quantity of seeds have been left at the Museum for distribution, and persons
desirous of cultivating them, and disposed to furnish a report of their success or
otherwise, may obtain a portion on application. Mr. Moore, of New Norfolk, exhibited two of the sewing machines patented by
the Lancashire Sewing Machine Company, and sundry fragments of cloth were
rapidly stitched together in a neat and substantial fashion in the presence of the
members, most of whom closely inspected the mechanism of the automaton, which
is calculated to do the work of about twenty ordinary hands.

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 The Royal Society of Tasmania.

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