The waterspout was first seen from Lyall Bay, about 1.30 p.m., and continued in sight about a quarter of an hour. A squall, accompanied by heavy rain, was passing from the westward through Cook Straits towards Cape Palliser. It was whilst engaged watching the progress of the storm from the western shore of the bay that I observed the waterspout clear of the south head, bearing about S.E., and distant, perhaps, two miles on the northern verge of the storm area. It presented the appearance of a cylinder of a blue-grey colour, several hundred feet in height, and of uniform diameter. It conveyed the impression that it was suspended from a mass of lowering clouds, the extremity near the surface of the sea being distinctly pointed, like a crayon, resting upon a zone of elevated water in an intense state of agitation, but the gyratory motion was not perceptible in the upper part. The column was slightly curved, being bent over towards the west, and it travelled in the opposite direction towards Fitzroy Bay, and as the movement was quickest at the base the inclination from the perpendicular increased; the clouds seemed to descend and assume the form usual in such cases, that of an inverted cone, whilst the vapours over the sea were drawn upward, when the waterspout appeared to fade away, the last appearance of the column being that of a light grey streak, contrasting remarkably with the gloomy background. No unusual sound accompanied the phenomenon; there were indications that it was not the only one formed, but the mist was too dense to enable this to be clearly ascertained. The storm did not break over Lyall Bay till 3 o'clock, when there was a great downpour of hail and rain, accompanied by lightning and thunder. The points which impressed me most were the immense height, the symmetry, and the distinctness of the column, and the absence of agitation and convolution in the first stage, save at the surface of the sea.
3. At the close of the meeting the Chairman drew attention to a fine collection of potteryware, manufactured by Messrs. Austin and Kirk, of Christchurch, being a portion of their exhibit at the recent exhibition, and which they had presented to the Museum. They comprised vases and flowers, fern-stands, corner pieces for buildings, and a variety of useful articles for domestic use. A collection of glassware from an Auckland firm was also exhibited; the whole of which were greatly admired by those present, and the President said that it was most gratifying to find important industries like these carried on so successfully in so young a colony. He understood that these articles could be obtained at prices quite as low as those imported.