Eight ordinary meetings had been arranged for, but one of these lapsed owing to the date being the 12th November, the day on which news of the Armistice reached New Zealand.
At these meetings the following papers, embodying the results of research work, were read or received: “On Two Anomalies of the Vascular System of Hyla aurea,” by Professor W. B. Benham, F.R.S.; “Notes on the Birds of South-west Otago,” by A. Philpott; “Descriptions of New Species of Lepidoptera,” by A. Philpott; “Some Remarks on Maori Fish-hooks,” by H. D. Skinner, B.A.; “Earthworms from Stephen Island,” by Professor W. B. Benham, F.R.S.; “Notes on the Autecology of certain Plants of the Peridotite Belt, Nelson, Part I—Structure of some of the Plants (No. 2),” by Miss M. W. Betts, M.Sc.; “On the Occurrence of Three Bands of Marble in South Peak, near Hampden, Otago,” by J. Park, F.G.S.
The following addresses were also delivered during the session: “Flying” (presidential address), by Professor R. Jack; “Underground Warfare,” by Professor D. B. Waters; “Radio-activity,” by Professor Jack, Professor Inglis, and Dr. Cameron; “New Caledonia and the Isle of Pines,” by Professor J. Park; “Corals and Coral Reefs,” by Professor W. N. Benson; besides various short addresses and exhibits by Professor Benham, Mr. W G. Howes, Dr. Fulton, and Mr. H. D. Skinner.
At the annual meeting (10th December) the annual report, including the balance-sheet, was adopted, and the following were elected office-bearers for 1919: President—Hon. G. M. Thomson, M.L.C. Vice-Presidents—Professor R. Jack and Dr. R. V. Fulton. Hon. Secretary—Professor J. Malcolm. Hon. Treasurer—Mr. H. Brasch. Hon. Auditor—Mr. J. W. Milnes. Hon. Librarian—Professor Benham. Council—Professor Benham, Professor Park, Professor Benson, Messrs. W. G. Howes, H. Mandeno, J. A. Gray, and F. J Jones.
Abstract of Annual Report.
Besides the routine work of arranging for the meetings, passing accounts for payment, and sanctioning expenditure on the library and meeting-room, only two matters of general interest occupied the attention of the Council during 1918.
A further stage in the proposals for reform of the New Zealand Institute was reached when the draft regulations for the holding and appointment of Fellows of the New Zealand Institute were considered and sent to the Institute with suggestions regarding certain of the clauses.
A circular letter was sent to the affiliated societies asking their co-operation in securing, through the New Zealand Institute and the Government, more efficient protection for native wild birds and seals in New Zealand.
The Council also decided to offer to the University Council to pay half the cost of installation of electric light in the biology class-room, with a view to installation of a projection lantern.
During the year seven new members have been elected; five have resigned, so that the roll now stands at 166. Sixteen of these are, or have been, members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
The Institute regrets having lost the services of Mr. E. J. Parr, M.A., B.Sc., as Hon Secretary, a position he filled with great success for over seven years.
Early in the year it was decided by the Committee that owing to war conditions no full course of meetings should be attempted.
The annual and only meeting was held on the 15th October, when addresses were delivered as follows: “A New Device for Damming Swift Rivers,” by Professor Park; “Military Mine Engineering,” by Professor Waters.
At the same meeting the following office-bearers were elected for 1919: Chairman—Professor Waters. Vice-Chairmen—Professor Park, Messrs. B. B. Hooper and F. W. Payne. Committee—Messrs. M. C. Henderson, F. J. Jones, H. Mandeno. George Simpson, and R. N. Vanes; Hon. Secretary—Mr. H. Brasch.
The annual meeting (the only meeting of the session) was held on the 29th October, when a paper on “Stonehenge as an Astronomical Station” was contributed by Professor D. A. White. Owing to the progress made in the removal of Tanna Hill, the telescope-house has been dismantled and Mr. Skey's telescope returned to him. The thanks of the meeting were directed to be conveyed to Mr. Skey for his kindness in placing his telescope at the service of members for so many years Master A. G. Crust was complimented on his early discovery of Nova Aquila.
Officers elected for year 1919: Chairman—Mr. R. Gilkison. Vice-Chairmen—R. Jack. J. Park, and D. R White. Committee—Rev. D. Dutton, F.R.A.S.; Dr. Cameron; Messrs. H. Brasch. H. Brasch, C. Fr [ unclear: ] yc, W. S. Wilson, and J. W. Milnes (Hon. Secretary).