Abstract of Annual Report.
Thirteen new members have been elected during the year. On the other hand, twenty-four names have been withdrawn from the roll, leaving the total number at the present time 205.
The total revenue for the year has been £861 14s. 3d. The members' subscriptions have yielded £164 17s., and the invested funds of the Costley bequest £573 2s. 1d. The expenditure has been unusually heavy, and has absorbed most of the large balance in hand at the commencement of the year, the total amount being £987 8s. 9d., leaving a balance in hand of £79. The invested funds of the Institute amount to £10,735 1s. 10d.
Twelve meetings have been held during the year, at which twenty-two papers on various scientific and literary subjects were read.
Many interesting additions have been made to the Museum. A collection of Bornean animals purchased from Mr. C. F. Adams has attracted much attention. Some valuable Maori ethnological specimens have been purchased from Mr. Alma Baker, including some greenstone meres, canoe-carvings, &c. Captain Gilbert Mair has deposited in the Museum the whole of his Maori collection, admitted to be one of the most complete in New Zealand; and show-cases to be specially devoted to it are to be constructed. The Mackelvie collection of paintings and other art-treasures, for so many years lodged in the Museum, has been removed by the Trustees and placed in the Auckland Art Gallery.