Hawke's bay Philosophical Institute.
First Meeting: 7th May, 1914.
Mr. W. Dinwiddie, President, in the chair, and a number of members and the public.
New Members.—H. W. Lee and Rev. T. Richards.
Address.—“Heredity and Eugenics,” by W. Dinwiddie.
The speaker gave the views of authorities on the subject, and an account of work undertaken in compiling statistics.
Hamilton Memorial.—The Council voted £5 in aid of this memorial.
Second Meeting: 5th June, 1914.
Mr. W. Dinwiddie, President, in the chair, and fifty others.
Lecture.—“The Honey-bee and the Modern Honey Industry,” by Mr. Bostock.
This was a description of the life and work of the bee and of the treatment of honey, and was illustrated by 160 of the author's own slides. In showing these the Institute's new arc lamp was used for the first time, and gave much satisfaction.
Third Meeting: 17th June, 1914.
Mr. W. Dinwiddie, President, in the chair, and 100 others.
Address.—“The Evolution of Life,” by Sir Robert Stout.
This was published in full in the Hawke's Bay Herald.
Fourth Meeting: 10th July, 1914.
Mr. W. Dinwiddie, President, in the chair, and 70 others.
Address.—“The Southern Alps,” by Mr. Mannering.
This was illustrated by many fine enlargements of scenes in the Southern Alps and by a series of beautiful slides.
Tongariro Park.—The Manawatu Philosophical Institute's action in trying to get the reserve increased was supported.
Fifth Meeting: 18th September, 1914.
Mr. W. Dinwiddie, President, in the chair, and about thirty others.
Paper.—“The Navigation and Exploration of the Ancient Maori,” by Mr. Skinner.
The author gave his views of the origin of the Maori, and explained how the journeys were made in the canoes.
Sixth Meeting: 23rd October, 1914.
Mr. W. Dinwiddie, President, in the chair, and twenty others.
Papers.—1. “La Perouse's Expedition and its Fate,” by Mr. W. McCarthy.
2. “King Lear,” by Mr. H. W. Lee.
Annual Meeting: 11th December, 1914.
Mr. W. Dinwiddie, President, in the chair, and a small number of members.
This shows a small addition to the membership and the loss of a few members.
Support was given to the Wellington Institute's proposal for a memorial to the late A. Hamilton, and to the Manawatu Institute's proposed increase in the Tongariro Park.
The balance-sheet shows a satisfactory credit balance.
Election of Officers for 1915.—President—F. Hutchinson; Vice-President—F. Heaton; Secretary—J. Niven; Treasurer—J. Wilson Craig; Council—W. Kerr, D. Strachan, T. Hyde, W. Dinwiddie, H. Hill, T. C. Moore; Auditor—J. Large; Lanternist—E. G. Loten.