During the session six ordinary meetings have been held, at which seventeen papers were read, classified as follows: Geology, 7; Zoology, 8; Miscellaneous, 2.
In addition to the ordinary meetings, a course of popular lectures have been delivered under the auspices of the Institute, with very great success.
During the session, 17 new members have joined the Institute, and 15 names have been struck off the list. At present the number of members is 118, as against 116 last year.
During the session the Institute has, in common with the whole community, sustained a great loss by the death of the late Sir Julius von Haast, who was the originator of the Institute and several times its President, and who contributed by his constant work in various’ branches of Science, and by his untiring efforts in many other ways, to extend its influence and usefulness.
Large additions have been made to the Library. It is hoped that it will soon be possible to issue a catalogue of the books and pamphlets belonging to the Institute.
The balance-sheet shows the total receipts during the past session to be £147 Os. 3d., and total expenditure £145 4s. 4d., leaving a credit balance of £1 15s. 11d. The reserve, consisting of the subscriptions of life members, now amounts to £63 16s. 9d.