Abstract Report of the Council.
The number of new members was greater than in any previous year. During the year seven meetings were held and seventeen papers read.
Numerous and valuable donations have been made to the Museum and Library, and specially by Mr. Kirk, F.L.S., of wood sections, New Zealand shells, a collection of British ferns, and other valuable additions.
The Council regret the very inadequate space at their disposal, and the
unsuitable buildings for the Museum and Library, and hope that means may be devised for providing the accommodation so urgently required.
They note the resignation of the Secretary, Mr. T. Kirk, F.L.S., and desire to record their appreciation of his services to the Institute during the last six years. But for his unwearied exertions and constant attention to the affairs of the society, it could not have attained its present amount of success. The Council feel that his removal will be a serious loss, not only to the Institute, but also to the Province.
The receipts for the year amounted to £333 6s. 3d., and the expenditure to £215 17s. 5d., leaving a balance of £117 8s. 10d., of which £10 3s. 10d. is carried to Building Fund and Investment Account. The entrance fees and subscriptions amounted to £232 1s., and the sum of £83 4s. 7d. had been spent in books and additions to the Museum.