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Volume 14, 1881
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“Reported Capture of a Californian Salmon at Riverton,” by Dr. Hector.


“Fossil Cetaceans,” by Dr. Hector


The author describes the remains of seventeen different Cetaceans that had been discovered in the fossil state in New Zealand. One of them is from the Upper Cretaceous; seven of them from the Lower Eocene; five from the Upper Eocene; and four from the Lower Miocene.


” New System of Telegraphic Weather Reports,” by Dr. Hector.


” On a new Theory of the mode by which Photographic Effects are produced with Silver Salts,” by W. Skey. (Transactions, p. 403).


A number of interesting exhibits were brought under the notice of members. Among them were specimens of New Zealand crows, showing abnormal colouring; New Zealand sponges, presented by Mr. J. A. Smith of Napier; specimens of coal from Coal Creek; specimens of quartz from Langdon's Reef, Collingwood Ranges; Welcome Mine, Reefton; Fiery Cross, and Just in Time Mines, Reefton; and Alpine Mine, Lyell; a certificate of the First Order of Merit awarded at the Melbourne Exhibition to the Colonial Museum; the First Silver Seal for the Colony of New Zealand, defaced by Her Majesty in Council, and presented to the Museum by the Colonial Secretary.

Dr. Hector said that the sponges exhibited might have a very considerable commercial value, as it had been ascertained that sponges could be propagated and improved by artificial culture.