Abstract of Annual Report.
During the session six general meetings and seven meetings of Council have been held.
Eleven papers have been read, besides one lecture, and several exhibits and demonstrations.
Seven new members have joined the Institute, bringing the total membership to 107.
Early in the year Dr. Chilton, elected President at the last annual meeting, left the colony for England, and the Council was reluctantly obliged to accept his resignation, as also that of the Rev. Dr. Belcher, one of the members of Council. In accordance with the regulations the Council proceeded to fill the vacancies thus caused, and elected Mr. A. Hamilton as President, Professor Scott as one of the Vice-Presidents, and Messrs. A. Wilson and J. R. Don as ordinary members of Council.
A resolution has been adopted granting the privileges of life membership to all life members of societies affiliated to the New Zealand Institute who may come to reside in Dunedin, such members to obtain the annual volume of Transactions from the societies of which they were originally life-members. The resolution was communicated to the affiliated societies, with a request for reciprocal action, and several favourable replies have been received.
The Council has heard with great satisfaction that arrangements have been made by the Government for the publication of a new “Flora of New Zealand,” under the editorship of Mr. T. W. Kirk, F.L.S.
The Council has nominated Mr. William Mitten, of Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, as an honorary member of the New Zealand Institute, and has again nominated Mr. James McKerrow to vote in the election of Governors.
The Council has voted a sum of money towards the systematic examination of the Otago Harbour and the neighbouring bays, with the view of furthering the establishment of a fish-hatching station.
The balance-sheet shows the total receipts of the year to be £87 2s. 6d., making, with the balance from last year, £111 15s. 3d. The expenditure for the year is £81 10s. 5d., leaving a credit balance of £30 4s. 10d.