Comparison of the Marine Mollusca of South Australia with those of New Zealand.
J. T. Thomson, F.R.G.S., President, in the chair.
New members.—Dr. W. Brown, Palmerston, Thos. Dick, Ed. Menlove, Oamaru, L. O. Beal, John Roberts, Duncan McKellar, Cromwell, G. W. Elliot, James Mills, J. H. Harris, W. H. Cutten, David Ross, W. J. M. Larnach, G. L. Sise, Rev. R. L. Stanford, Keith Ramsay, Robert McLaren, W. C. Roberts, W. Dalrymple, R. M. Robertson, N. A. Wales, L. J. Butterworth, Donald Reid, J. L. Gillies, T. W. Kempthorne, Hugh McNeil, W. D. Mears, J. O. Eva, J. C. Thomson, E. de Montalk.
The chairman read a letter from his Honour the Superintendent, forwarding a copy of a circular addressed to him by the Hon. the Colonial Secretary, enquiring into the probability of such a collection of exhibits being secured as would ensure a worthy representation of New Zealand at the forthcoming exhibition at Philadelphia, in 1876. Before replying to the circular he (his Honour) would be glad to be favoured with the views of the
Otago Institute on the subject, and as to whether or not, and to what extent, it would be disposed to co-operate in the matter. Judging from the extent of contributions from the province to the late Exhibition at Christchurch, he was disposed to fear that there was not sufficient enthusiasm at present to go into the matter vigorously. His Honour would be glad to find in this matter, however, that he was mistaken. The enclosures in his Honour's letter showed that the Victorian Commissioners for the Philadelphia Exhibition proposed that a preliminary Intercolonial Exhibition should be held at Melbourne, from which a judicious selection might be made of objects most suitable for ultimate exhibition at Philadelphia.
Mr. Gillies: I am afraid there is something more than enthusiasm that this institution would need, namely, funds.
Captain Hutton: We, as a scientific society, have nothing to do with exhibitions, even if we had funds. We should decline to take any steps in the matter. It is out of our province.
Mr. Webb: The co-operation of the Institute might be asked for in regard to the mineral resources of this part of the colony.
On the suggestion of Mr. Gillies, the letter was referred to the council of the Institute for consideration.