Dr. Hocken, on behalf of the members of the Institute, congratulated the Chairman on his having been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, an honour which all who knew what Professor Parker had done in the cause of biological science, thought to be very well deserved. The Chairman, in acknowledging the compliment, stated that he considered the honour had been conferred on him chiefly on account of his researches on the embryology of Apteryx, and expressed the hope that before long all question of scientific importance in the colonies would be worked out by colonial workers, and that in future it would be unnecesssary for the Royal Society or other learned associations in England to send out specialists to solve our scientific problems, as they had done in the past.
Professor Parker exhibited and called attention to specimens of brown, Loch Leven, and Scotch burn trout prepared by his glycerine-gelatine process for the Tourists' Court in the Melbourne Exhibition.
Paper.—“On the Birds of the Lake Brunner District,” by W. W. Smith; communicated by Geo. M. Thomson, F.L.S. (Transactions, p. 205.)