Third Meeting. 22nd July, 1872.
The Hon. T. M. Haultain in the chair.
New members.—D. E. Macdonald, W. H. Floyd, H. P. Higginson, C.E.
The monthly list of donations to the Library and Museum was read by the Secretary. It included a copy of London's “Arboretum Britannicum,” eight volumes, from the Hon. Col. Haultain.
1. Referring to the occurrence of the sprat and anchovy at the Thames, as reported at the last meeting, Mr. G. Thorne, jun., stated that in 1867 a small herring had appeared at Melbourne in such abundant shoals that the water looked quite black at a short distance. It had not been seen in that locality since that date. He inferred from this that it was possible that the sprat and anchovy were not regular visitors to the Ourakei Gulf.
Mr. Kirk remarked that these fish had been observed at various parts of the coast of both islands, and he was inclined to regard them as periodical visitors which, until recently, had escaped notice.
2. “Notes on the Flora of the Lake District of the North Island,” by T. Kirk, F.L.S. (See Transactions, p. 322.)
This was the concluding portion of the paper begun at the last meeting.