Abstract of Annual Report.
The total revenue of the General Account, not including the balance brought forward at the beginning of the year and £70 transferred from the Special Account, has been £86 1s. 10d. The total expenditure was £149 9s. 4d.
About sixty volumes have been purchased during the year.
The reading-room is well supplied with the leading daily and the local papers, the latter being donated to the room. The Institute desires to record its thanks to the proprietors for these, also to the Government for publications sent from the Government Printing Office.
Mr. Henry Weston, who for seventeen years acted as Secretary and Librarian, found it necessary, owing to old age and failing health, to resign his position, and Mr. C. Kirk was appointed in his place. The Trustees desire to thank Mr. J. B. Ward for his kind assistance during the last few months of Mr. Weston's service.
The most important circumstance during the year was the obtaining of the grant of £2,000 from Mr. Carnegie for a new library. The plan for this building has been sent to Mr. Carnegie for his approval, and we may look forward to seeing the completion of the institution in the course of twelve months.
Election of Officers for 1906.—President—Mr. H. L. Michel; Vice-President—Mr. G. A. Perry; Treasurer—Dr. Macandrew; Trustees—Messrs. Beare, Clarke, Dunne, Heinz, Lewis, McNaughton, Morton, Park, Wake, Wilson, and Mabin; Auditors—Messrs. Foley and Ward.