Annual Meeting: 3rd October, 1906.
Mr. Martin Chapman, President, in the chair.
The Council's annual report and annual statement of receipts and expenditure were read and adopted.
The report stated that, including an extra meeting held in November, 1905 (after the close of the session dealt with in the previous report), there had been six meetings of the Society.
Fourteen papers in all had been read, and at several of the meetings interesting exhibits had been shown. Popular lectures by Mr. E. F. Stead, Dr. J. M. Bell, and Professor T. H. Easterfield had been delivered to good audiences.
Seven new members had been elected, and two members had resigned. A number of names had been removed from the roll because of non-payment of subscriptions. There were now 104 members of the Society.
Regret was expressed at the death of Sir Walter L. Buller, K.C.M.G., F.R.S., who had frequently filled the position of President of the Society.
Mr. Martin Chapman and Professor T. H. Easterfield had been reelected to represent the Society on the Board of Governors of the New Zealand Institute.
The Council had represented to the Government the advisableness of having a botanical survey of the colony made, and had recommended the appointment of Dr. Louis Cockayne as Government Botanist; but, unfortunately, the Government could not see its way to take the desired action.
The statement of receipts and expenditure showed that, inclusive of a balance of £36 4s. 1d. brought forward from the previous financial year, the receipts amounted to £150 13s. 1d., and the expenditure to £106 18s. 3d., leaving a credit balance of £43 14s. 10d. The Research Fund stood at £42 7s. 7d.; so that the total sum in hand was £86 2s. 5d.
Election of Officers for 1907.—President—Professor H. B. Kirk; Vice-Presidents—Mr. G. V. Hudson, F.E.S., and Mr. A. Hamilton; Council—Mr. C. E. Adams, B.Sc., Mr. J. W. Poynton, Mr. T. W. Kirk, F.L.S., Dr. A. K. Newman, Dr. J. M Bell, Professor T. H. Easterfield, and Mr. Martin Chapman; Secretary and Treasurer—Mr. Thomas King; Auditor—Mr. E. A. Dymock, A.I.A.N.Z.
Exhibits.—The secretary (Mr. Thomas King) exhibited and described a series of star stereograms by Mr. T. E. Heath, of Cardiff; also some photographic stereograms from the Yerkes Observatory, illustrative of a meteor-trail, of Borrelly's comet, and of the moon.
Papers.—1. “The New Zealand Plateau,” by H. Farquhar; communicated by Thomas King.
2. “Preliminary Note on Matai-resin,” by James Bee; communicated by Professor T. H. Easterfield.
3. “Notes on Ferns,” by H. C. Field.
4. “New Zealand Flax,” by H. C. Field.
5. “Notes and Descriptions of Lepidoptera,” by E. Meynell, B.A., F.R.S.; communicated by G. V. Hudson, F.E.S.