Manawatu Philosophical Society.
During 1915 eight general meetings (including the annual meeting) were held, at which the following papers were read (11th February) “The Marine Biology of New Zealand,” by Dr Mortensen, of Copenhagen, “Continental Experiences during the War,” by Mr M. A. Eliott: (18th March) “The Effects of Recent Chemical and Physical Research on Astronomy,” by Mr C. T Salmon. (15th April) “Luminlferous Ether, with Special Reference to Occult Forces, Telepathy, and Wireless Telegraphy,” by Mr. J. W Poynton, S M, “The Working of Wireless Telegraphy,” by Mr. A. J Colquhoun, M.Sc:' (21st May) “Two Notable Years, 1815 and 1915,” by Mis J H Primmer (19th August) “Radio-active Substances,” by Mr. A J Colquhoun, M Sc (16th September) “Wool in 1815 as compared with 1915,” by Mr. M A Eliott, “X Rays,” by Rev. H. M. Smyth, M A (21st October) “A Survey of Bacteriology, Economic and Clinical,” by Mr J W Poynton, S.M: (29th November) “Recent Progress in Chemical and Physical Research,” by Mr. A. J Colquhoun, M.Sc., “The Use and Influence of Novel Machines in Warfare,” by Mr. C T Salmon
At the annual meeting, 29th November, 1915, the annual report was read and adopted
It was stated that the continuance of the war had prevented the Government from taking any further action in the matter of the preservation and improvement of the Tongariro Park and the reserves on Wharite.
In April last the Council had decided, on the recommendation of the Curator, to open the Museum on Sunday afternoons instead of Thursday, and the experiment had so far been a success, for, while the average daily attendance for the whole year had been twenty, for the Sundays it had been thirty-one.
During the year 140 fresh exhibits had been received, amongst the most notable of which were a collection of marine fossils from the Dominion Museum, received through the kindness of Dr Allan Thomson, and one of rocks, presented by Mr. M W Walmsley, illustrating the geology of Otago Peninsula, and a valuable collection of native weapons from, presented by King Cacabau to the late Mr Hawkins, of Palmerston.
During the year a limited advantage had been taken by the public schools of the free use of the telescope, and classes, accompanied by then teachers, had visited the Observatory.
Election of Officers for 1916 —President—Mr J W Poynton, S M, Vice-Presidents—Messrs M. A. Eliott and J L. Barnicoat; Officer in charge of the Observatory—Mr. C. T. Salmon, Secretary and Treasurer—Mr K Wilson, M A., Council— Miss Ironside, M A, and Messrs R Gardner, J. B. Gerrand, H D Skinner, B A, W Park, F R H S, and J E. Vernon, M A., Auditor—Mr W E Bendall, F.P.A.