The number of members now on the the roll of the Society is 302, 48 new members having been elected, while 3 members have died, and 20 members have withdrawn.
Six ordinary meetings of the Society have been held, at which 26 papers have been read. The progress of the Museum has been highly satisfactory, and many valuable donations have been made to the collections. The expense of maintaining the Museum for the recreation and instruction of the Auckland public is wholly borne by the Society, and involves a very heavy charge on its funds.
Library.—During the year a catalogue of the library has been compiled and printed, and is now ready for distribution to the members. The usual grant under the Public Libraries Subsidies Act not having been voted by Parliament, the Council have been unable to make any addition of importance to the library themselves. They have, however, to express their indebtedness to Mr. J. T. Mackelvie for a most welcome and appropriate donation of 104 volumes relating to the early history of the colony. Mr. Mackelvie could hardly have forwarded a more useful addition, or one more likely to prove permanently valuable.
The balance sheet showed the receipts to be £513 1s. 5d., including a balance of £10 1s. 1d. carried forward from last account. The expenditure has been £503 6s. 4d., distributed as follows:—Library, £38; maintenance of Museum, including salaries, £350; ordinary expenses of the Society, £85.