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Volume 14, 1881
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Abstract of Annual Report.

During the present session seven general meetings have been held, including the present annual meeting. Nine original papers have been read—four on zoological, three on botanical, and two on engineering and surveying subjects.

At two meetings lectures were delivered—one by Dr. W. Haacke, on the Development of Medusæ; the other by Mr. R. Jones, on Electric Lighting.

Five new members have joined the Institute during the year, bringing the total number of names on the roll to 223.

The number of important books purchased during the year has been so considerable as to necessitate a rearrangement of the library, which is now in progress. The Council desire to emphasise the fact, which seems to be largely lost sight of, that free use of the library is one of the privileges of membership.

The receipts of the year, including a balance of £12 8s. from last year, amount to £202 0s. 8d. The expenditure, amounting to £186 2s. 5d., includes £68 6s. 6d. for paying off the overdraft from the Union Bank of Australia. The usual payment to the Museum has, however, still to be made, and will have to be added to the year's expenditure. There is at present a clear balance in hand of £15 18s. 3d., besides which the reserve fund in the Post Office Savings Bank now amounts to £159 10s. 8d.