At the annual general meeting, held on the 22nd December, 1916, the annual report of the Scientific and Literary Branch was read and adopted.
During 1916 no general meetings of the Scientific Branch were held, but a committee meeting was held on the 17th April, when those present decided that an attempt should be made to hold one or two meetings during the session, and the Secretary was instructed to interview members of the branch about the end of June to ascertain their opinions in this respect. On the Secretary's doing so, however, the opinion expressed was unfavourable, owing to pressure of work created by the European war, and no meetings were held. It is hoped, however, that during the coming year pressure will not be so great and that a number of meetings may be held.
With respect to the Museum there is nothing to report except a few small donations.
During the year the Atkinson Observatory has, weather permitting, been opened to the general public on Tuesday evenings, but the number of days that have given good seeing has been small, and the attendance of the public has fallen off slightly in consequence.
In conclusion, reference must be made to the proposed Cawthron Institute, the establishment of which, by attracting to this city scientists of high qualifications, will make Nelson, if not the greatest, at least one of the great centres of scientific research in the Southern Hemisphere, and thus in every way increase the activity of our Institute.
Election of Officers for 1917.—President—Mr. G. J. Lancaster; Committee — Messrs. F. G. Gibbs, F. V. Knapp, T. A. H. Field, M.P., J. R. Strachan, F. Whitwell, and W. F. Worley; Hon. Secretary and Treasurer—Mr. E. L. Morley; Hon. Auditor—Mr. F. Whitwell.