Abstract of Annual Report.
Seven meetings have been held during the past year, at which twenty papers were read.
The Museum has been lighted with gas and kept open till 9 p.m. on every Wednesday, and has been well attended.
An effort has been made to raise funds for erecting a suitable building for a Public Museum and Free Library. The late Dr. Stratford liberally bequeathed £100 towards this object on condition of £400 being raised in sums of not less than £50. Liberal donations were also made by other people, but owing to the Provincial Council refusing to grant £1,000 in aid on condition of a similar amount being subscribed for privately the effort to raise the £2,500 required has been frustrated.
Numerous and valuable donations to the Library and Museum have been made, including a large number of valuable works from Capt. F. W. Hutton, F.G.S.
Eighty volumes have been added to the Library by purchase out of the Provincial grant, and purchases for the Museum from the same source are now on the way from England.
The receipts for the year ending 19th February, 1872, amount to £330 19s. 3d., and the expenditure to £298 18s. 11d., leaving a balance in hand of
£32 0s. 4d. The subscriptions for the year amounted to £155 8s., and the Provincial Government made a grant to the Society of £100 for the purchase of books and museum objects. The amount of £79 12s. 3d. has been expended in books, and £73 3s. on objects for the Museum.