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Volume 31, 1898
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Sir James Hector proposed a vote of thanks to the President (Mr. Tregear) for his able address, which gave an instructive sketch of some of the salient advances in science daring the past year.

This was carried.

Sir James Hector moved that the Society place on its records an expression of the deep sorrow which members feel for the loss of two of its most eminent and active members, Mr. Kirk and Mr. Maskell. Both had on several occasions been Presidents of the Society, and were the pre-eminent leaders for the whole colony in the special branches of science to which they devoted their talents and industry. (See Report of New Zealand Institute above, p. 707.)

Mr. Mestayer seconded the motion, which was adopted, the Council being requested to make formal entries on the records of the Society, and to forward copies with an expression of sympathy to the relatives.