1.“The Coals and Coal Fields of the Province of Auckland,” by J. M. Tunny, Provincial Analyist. (See Transactions, page 387.)
Mr. Goodall said that this paper was a most important one, and well deserved consideration at the hands of the Institute. He was sorry that Mr. Tunny had not mentioned the specific gravity of each of the samples of coal analysed by him, for there were properties apart from its chemical composition that affected the heating qualities of coal.
Mr. Stewart said the opinions commonly entertained as to the relative advantages of Newcastle and Bay of Islands coal were clearly erroneous. In many respects the Bay coal was the best of the two; nor was it the only good coal in the Province. The Waikato coal had now been used for many years for steaming purposes, and had been found to answer well. He was convinced that our present mines, under proper management, would, in a few years, banish all foreign coal.
The President said that, from his own experience as a coal consumer—perhaps one of the largest in Auckland—he was satisfied that the Bay coal was far superior to Newcastle for steam purposes. The principal objection to its use for domestic purposes was in its friable nature; but this had been made too much of. He would like to see the Whareora coal—so highly recommended by Mr. Tunny—introduced in quantity into the Auckland market.
2.“Analyses of a few of the Auckland Fire Clays,” by J. A. Pond. (See Transactions, page 348.)
Samples of the clays mentioned in this paper, together with several articles manufactured from them, were exhibited to the meeting.
3.“Descriptions of a new species of Hymenophyllum,” by T. F. Cheeseman, F.L.S. (See Transactions, page 330.)