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Volume 6, 1873
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Regarding a suggestion that the Whale Fishery in the far South Sea should be prosecuted in vessels belonging to Otago, Mr. A. Bathgate referred to the Act against the killing of whales along the shore in the calving season being allowed to remain a dead letter, and spoke in favour of the fitting out of whalers from Port Chalmers.

Mr. Gillies and Mr. P. Thomson said it was a venture which, properly managed, would bring enormous profits.

Mr. J. S. Webb mentioned that the Spectroscope ordered some time ago was on board the “Beautiful Star,” and would be landed before next meeting. He believed it was one of the finest instruments that had ever crossed the Line.