First Meeting. 21st February, 1871.
J. S. Webb, Vice-President, in the chair.
New members.—Dr. Hammond, Johannes Graff, James Wilson.
1. “Description of a Simple Contrivance for Economising the Current of Large Rivers for Gold-sluicing, Town Supplies, and Mill-power,” by J. T. Thomson, F.R.G.S. (See Transactions, p. 141.) The author exhibited a model of his proposed method, and explained the principles of its working. A few days afterwards this model was tried at the Water of Leith in the presence of several members of the Institute, and it worked satisfactorily.
2. “Notes on Captain Hutton's paper on Sinking Funds,” by J. S. Webb and R. Wilding. (See Trans. N. Z. Inst., Vol II., p. 236, and Vol. III., p. 325.)