Third Meeting: 12th September, 1899.
Mr. E. Tregear, President, in the chair.
New Members.—Mr. George Hogben, Professor R. C. Maclaurin, M.A., Mr. J. W. Joynt, M.A.
Copy of Vol. XXXI. of the “Transactions of the New Zealand Institute” and Part IV. of “Maori Art” were laid on the table.
Papers.—1. “On Macro-lepidoptera,” by G. V. Hudson, F.E.S. (Transactions, p. 10.)
The President said this was a valuable addition to the information already collected on this subject by the author, and contained in his recently published work on the moths and butterflies of New Zealand.
2. “On Macro Skeletons and Relics found at Karaka Bay,” by H. N. McLeod. (Transactions, p. 271.)
Sir James Hector said he did not think the crushed shells mentioned were decomposed, but merely the ordinary shells that grew on the rocks on the shore-line. This locality was a celebrated spot for finding remains of this kind. The late Mr. J. C. Crawford had written an interesting account of the whole peninsula, and made large collections of Maori remains. He (Sir James) described the kind of stone the weapons were made of, and where it was found.
Mr. Richardson said about five years ago some articles appeared in the New Zealand Times on this subject, he thought written by Mr. E. Best.
Mr. Harding said there were interesting articles on this subject in Chapman's Magazine about 1860, and also by the late Major Heaphy on the greenstone country, which would be worth reprinting.
The President said it would be a good thing if all such information could be collected and published in the Transactions.
Mr. Hustwick said he met a man in the Taupo district named Pruin who had a splendid collection of Maori relics; it would be worth while getting a description of them.
3. “On Pliocene Fossil Shells from Wanganui,” by R. Murdoch. (Transactions, p. 216.)
Sir James Hector said this was a carefully prepared paper, and the drawings were very good. He thought, however, some of the specimens had already been described.