Abstract of Annual Report.
During the past year seven meetings of the Institute were held, including the annual business meeting. At the six ordinary meetings seven papers were read and two popular lectures delivered, the attendance of members and the general public being particularly good at the lectures. The Council held seven meetings, at which a considerable amount of general business was transacted.
Early in the session the Borough Council wrote asking upon what terms the Institute would convey the library to the Corporation for use as a reference library. Your Council intimated their willingness to deposit the Institute's books and Museum collections with the Corporation, the books to form part of a reference library, under certain conditions safeguarding members' rights. Nothing further, however, has been done in the matter.
The Institute is again greatly indebted to Misses Spencer and A. Large for a handsome donation—£10—to be spent in the purchase of books for the library. Some of the books have arrived, and, including these, eighteen volumes have been added to the library. It was also decided to subscribe to the Popular Science Monthly for a year. A number of parts are to hand, and are available for the use of members.
Mr. C. E. Fox was appointed curator of the Museum, and, with the help of several members of the High School Field Club, was able to overhaul and rearrange a number of the deposits. The Council regret that, owing to Mr. Fox's departure from Napier, his services will not be available for the completion of the work.
Six new members were elected during the year, and there were three resignations, leaving the membership at sixty-four.
The balance-sheet showed the total receipts for the year (inclusive of a balance of £24 11s. 4d. from the preceding year) to have been £88 2s. 4d., while the expenditure was £51 9s. 1d., leaving in hand £36 13s. 3d. of the Colenso Bequest a balance of £82 12s. remained in hand.