The Annual Meeting of the Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand was held on Tuesday, 20th May, 1952, in the Council Room, Victoria University College, Wellington.
Welcome to Hon. Minister. The President, Mr. F. R. Callaghan, welcomed the Hon. Mr. Algie, Minister of Scientific and Industrial Research, expressing the Council's appreciation of the interest shown by the Hon. Minister in making time to attend the opening session of the annual meeting. He also warmly thanked him, on behalf of the Society, for obtaining, through Cabinet, a special grant which would enable the completion of the Proceedings of the Seventh Pacific Science Congress.
In replying, the Hon. Minister regretted that this visit could be but a courtesy call, and very brief, because of the numerous calls on his time. He expressed his interest in the work of the Society; he would like to know more of the scientific work of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and of the Royal Society of New Zealand and at some future date he would like to sit in on their deliberations if this could be arranged. He felt it was the duty of the Government to provide encouragement in the work the Society was doing and he extended his best wishes.
The Hon. Minister then retired.
Roll Call. The following responded to the roll call:—President—Mr. F. R. Callaghan; Vice-Presidents—Dr. R. A. Falla, Dr. J. Marwick; Government Representatives—Dr. G. Archey, Mr. F. R. Callaghan, Dr. R. A. Falla, Dr. W. R. B. Oliver; Representing Auckland Institute—Professor L. H. Briggs, Mr. A. T. Pycroft, Representing Wellington Branch—Dr. M. A. F. Barnett, Professor L. R. Richardson; Representing Canterbury Branch—Professor R. S. Allan, Mr. C. E. Fenwick; Representing Otago Branch—Professor W. E. Adams, Mr. O. H. Keys; Representing Hawke's Bay Branch—Mr. J. D. H. Buchanan; Representing Nelson Institute—Dr. D. Miller; Representing Southland Branch—Dr. H. H. Allan; Co-opted Member—Dr. J. T. Salmon; Hon. Treasurer—Mr. S. Cory Wright, Representing the Fellows—Professor F. G. Soper.
Honorary Patron. A letter expressing the regret of His Excellency the Governor-General in being unable to attend the meeting was received.
Obituary. The President referred to the great loss the Society had sustained by several deaths which occurred during the past year.
Mr B. C. Aston (died May, 1951) had been associated with the Society since 1909 and was one of the Original Fellows. He had held the offices of Secretary, Honorary Secretary, President, and Vice-President and for many years, and at the time of his death, was one of the four Government Representatives. Mr. Callaghan made reference to Mr. Aston's important work on soil deficiencies and to his botanical work.
Sir Peter Buck (died December, 1951) was a Fellow of the Society and also an Honorary Member and in 1932 he was awarded the Hector Medal and Prize for Maori Ethnology.
Mr. George Simpson (died May, 1952) was a Fellow of the Society. He was an authority on the native flora and in association with the late Mr. J. Scott Thomson was awarded the Loder Cup.
Dr. Herbert Gregory (died January, 1952) was an Honorary Member. He attended the Seventh Pacific Science Congress held in New Zealand in 1949. He had been associated with the Pacific Science Association since its inception, being President of the first Congress held in Honolulu in 1920.
Dr. Theodore Mortensen (died April, 1952) of the Zoological Museum of Copenhagen had visited New Zealand and the publications in connection with his Pacific Expeditions were of the utmost importance to research students in zoology. He had only just completed the last volume of a great monograph on the Echinoidea, a group he had studied over the last fifty years and on which he was a world authority. This work can be compared only with the Challenger Reports. He was an Honorary Member.
Sir Leonard Hill (died April, 1952) was awarded the T. K. Sidey Summertime Medal and Prize in 1936.
The Council stood in respect to the memory of the above members, Fellows, and Honorary Members.
President's Remarks. The President, in his remarks from the chair, outlined the measures that had been taken to deal with matters arising from the last annual meeting such as the present function and status of the Fellows, National Collections, Fuel and Power Position in New Zealand.
Another matter which he now wished to bring forward was the possible expansion of the Society by the formation of new Branches especially in the Manawatu and in Hamilton where there were a number of resident scientists attached to scientific and agricultural institutions. In the discussion which followed members expressed their approval of the suggestion put forward and on the motion of Professor Richardson, seconded by Mr. Pycroft, it was resolved:
“That the Wellington Branch undertake to encourage and to assist in the formation of a Branch in the Manawatu and that the Auckland Institute undertake to do likewise in regard to the Waikato district.”
The President then referred to two new societies, the Entomological Society and the Ecological Society, which had been formed at the New Zealand Science Congress held in Christchurch last year, and the relationship of the Royal Society to new societies such as these.
Dr. H. H. Allan stated that the Ecological Society wants to be joined to the Royal Society, but under the Royal Society's constitution there is not provision for such affiliation.
Further discussion ensued on the advantages that might accrue to such societies affiliating with the Royal Society and finally on the motion of Professor R. S. Allan, seconded by Professor Richardson, it was resolved:
“That a Committee be established to investigate the relationship of the Royal Society to other scientific organisations in New Zealand and to report
to the next meeting of the Council, taking into consideration possible amendments of the existing Regulations of the Society.”
On the motion of Professor Allan, seconded by Professor Richardson, the following committee was appointed with power to co-opt:—Mr. F. R. Callaghan, Dr. G. Archey (Convener), Dr. H. H. Allan, Dr. R. A. Falla, and the President-elect.
On the motion of Dr. Salmon it was resolved that the Royal Society officially welcome the formation of the Ecological and Entomological Societies and that this resolution be conveyed to the Ecological Society at present holding its first annual conference in Wellington.
New and Retired Members. The President welcomed to the Council table Professor W. E. Adams, representing the Otago Branch, Dr. M. A. F. Barnett, representing the Wellington Branch, and Mr. C. E. Fenwick representing the Canterbury Branch.
He paid a tribute to the work on the Council of Dr. C. M. Focken and Dr. O. H. Frankel who had resigned to take up positions in Australia and to Dr. L. Bastings who had resigned on account of his absence overseas for some months and to Dr. Marwick who was retiring from the Vice-Presidency.
Notices of Motion were called for and handed in.
Hector Award. Professor Burbridge, convener of the Hector Award Committee wrote stating that in view of the fact that a good deal of correspondence between the New Zealand and Australian members of the Committee and between the Committee and England had been necessary the Award Committee's recommendation was not ready.
On the motion of Dr. Archey, seconded by Professor Richardson, it was resolved to authorise the Standing Committee to make the award when the recommendation comes from the Award Committee.
Amount of Hector Prize. On the motion of Professor Briggs, seconded by Dr. Marwick, it was resolved that the amount of the prize be £50.
Fellowship Election. The President read the report of the Fellowship Selection Committee as follows:—
“As convener of the Fellowship Selection Committee I wish to report on the election of Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand for 1952.
“Part of the voting was very close and an actual tie occurred in the preliminary voting and it was necessary for the Fellowship Selection Committee to vote preferentially on a selected number of candidates. As a result of the preliminary voting and the preferential voting of the Fellowship Selection Committee, we recommend that Dr. Muriel Bell, Mr. C. A. Fleming, Professor E. Percival, and Dr. R. S. Duff be elected Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand. L. H. Briggs.”
On the motion of Professor Briggs, seconded by Professor Allan, Dr. Muriel Bell, Mr. C. A. Fleming, Professor E. Percival and Dr. R. S. Duff were elected Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Vacancies in Fellowship. It was resolved that two Fellows be elected in 1953.
Fellowship Rule No. 5. A discussion, introduced by Dr. Briggs, on the following Rule took place:—
“No person shall be nominated or elected a Fellow unless he is a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand and has been a member for five years immediately preceding his nomination or for five years at any period preceding his nomination.”
Dr. Briggs then moved and Professor Soper seconded:
“That the Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand may be awarded to any scientific worker in New Zealand provided he has been resident in New Zealand for the last five years. In considering his qualifications for election emphasis should be placed on his research work actually carried out in New Zealand.”
Mr. O. H. Keys, seconded by Dr. H. H. Allan, moved:
“That Rule 5 be amended by adding the following sentence:—‘Provided that this Rule shall not debar the election of a non-member by the unanimous resolution of Council upon special recommendation in an exceptional case’.”
After further discussion Professor Allan moved, and Dr. H. H. Allan seconded, and it was carried:
“That Dr. Briggs' proposal re alteration of Rule 5 and Mr. Keys' amendment thereto be referred to the Branches which shall report to the Standing Committee.”
Election of Honorary Members. The voting for two Honorary Members resulted in Dr. Anton Bruun and Sir Henry Dale being elected.
Declaration of Vacancies. The following vacancies were declared:—Dr. Peter Buck, Dr. Theodor Mortensen, Dr. Herbert Gregory.
It was resolved that three Honorary Members be elected in 1953.
Votes of Thanks. On the motion of the President, seconded by Dr. Falla, it was resolved to thank the Hector Award Committee and the Fellowship Selection Committee for their work.
Report of the Standing Committe for the Year Ended 31 st March, 1952.
Meetings. Five meetings of the Standing Committee were held during the year, the attendance being as follows:—
The President, Mr. F. R. Callaghan, Wellington, 5; Dr. R. A. Falla, Vice-President, Wellington, 2; Dr. J. Marwick, Vice-President, Wellington, 4, Dr. G. Archey, Auckland, 1, Dr. L. Bastings, Welling on, 5, Mr. S. Cory Wright, Wellington, 2, Dr. W. R. B. Oliver, Wellington, 4; Professor L. R. Richardson, Wellington, 5, Dr. J. T. Salmon, Wellington (overseas), 1.
Obituary. It was with sincere regret that the news of the death of Mr. B. C. Aston, C.B. E.., F. R. I.C, F. R. S. N. Z., on the 31st May, was received.
Mr. Aston's association with the Royal Society dates back to 1910 when he was appointed Honorary Secretary of the then New Zealand Institute. In 1915 he was appointed one of the four Government representatives on the Council, and he retained this position until the time of his death. In 1919 Mr. Aston was elected on of the 20 Original Fellows. Subsequently, he held office as President (1926–27), being reappointed in May, 1928, on the death of Dr. J. Allan Thomson, until the expiry of the latter's term in 1929. In 1932 Mr. Aston was appointed Vice-President, holding that position until 1935.
The first of Mr. Aston's papers was published in the Transactions in Volume 31 (1899) and this was followed by many more papers, botanical and chemical, including several on his important work on bush sickness.
In 1925 Mr. Aston was awarded the Hector Medal and Prize for the investigation of New Zealand chemical problems. In 1949 he was included in the New Year Honours by the bestowal of the Order C. B.E.
An Obituary Notice will appear in Volume 80.
Sir Peter Buck. News was received early in December of the death of Sir Peter Buck, M. D., Ch. B. (N.Z.), F.R.S.N.Z., a distinguished Maori who had achieved fame in many fields, but more especially in Polynesian ethnology and anthropology Many of his early papers are published in the Transactions and in the Polynesian Journal. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1921, and an Honorary Member in 1934. In 1932 he was awarded the Hector Medal and Prize for his researches in Maori Ethnology.
Arrangements have not yet been made regarding an Obituary Notice.
Council. During the year Dr. O. H. Frankel, who represented the Canterbury Branch on the Council since 1943, resigned from that office on account of his appointment to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization at Canberra. Dr. Frankel was President of the local committee of the Seventh New Zealand Science Congress, and to him must be attributed a large measure of the success of that Congress.
Dr. C. M. Focken, who had served on the Council for a long period, representing the Otago Branch from the year 1938, also resigned to take up a position in Melbourne as Head of the Museum of Applied Science of Victoria.
Dr. L. Bastings, who had represented the Wellington Branch since March, 1949, resigned on account of his impending absence overseas.
To fill these vacancies, Mr. C. E. Fenwick was appointed by the Canterbury Branch; Professor W. E. Adams, President of the Otago Branch, was appointed representative of that Branch; Dr. M. A. F. Barnett was appointed to succeed Dr. Bastings (Wellington Branch).
Government Representatives Dr. R. A. Falla was appointed by the Government to succeed the late Mr. B. C. Aston as Government Representative, and Dr. W. R. B. Oliver, whose term expired in March, 1932, was reappointed.
Honorary Editor At a meeting of the Standing Committee in March. Dr. W. R. B. Oliver, who had been Honorary Editor of the Transactions since the resignation of Miss Fyfe, in 1949, tendered his resignation as from the date of the annual meeting. Dr. Oliver's resignation was accepted with great regret and he was warmly thanked for his services.
The matter of the successor to Dr. Oliver was held over until the annual meeting in May.
Publication Matters. During the year the Hon Editor submitted to the Standing Committee which is the Publications Committee lists of approved papers in hand, and from these selections were made for Volume 79 (¾), and Volume 80, Parts 1, 2 and 3 or ¾ if it is to be a double number as in the previous volume as seems desirable from the point of view of completing the volumes more rapidly.
In June, the Standing Commitee decided to adopt the new format (provisionally approved by the Annual Meeting) to commence with Volume 80 The Proceedings of the 1951 Annual Meeting, which are printed, indicate “the new look” and the lighter coloum used on the covers is an improvement.
With a view to keeping the cost of publishing within the Society's resources, the Standing Committee has taken a firm stand in regard to authors who run up costs by an excessive use of illustrations in their papers and extravagance in the size and setting of then plates and line drawings.
In addition to the increased printing prices, a new scale of charges for blocks came into force with the publication of Volume 79.
As a further economy it was decided to issue Separates to authors without covers. They may, however, if they so desire, purchase covers at a cost of 10/- per 100 copies.
Selling Price of Transactions. In June the Standing Committee decided on an increase in the selling price of the Transactions from 10/- to 15/- per Part.
Financial. In 1950–51 the President placed before the Minister and Treasury the pressing need of the Society for an increased grant An amount of £2.500 was asked for, but on the 4th December it was reported that £1,750 had been placed on the Estimates.
If the printers ever get back to their output of four or even three parts in each financial year this amount will be entirely inadequate Furthermore, it leaves no margin for any expansion in the work of the Society or in its Library.
Library. Many more exchanges have resumed during the past year, and the number of periodicals coming to hand would appear to indicate that other institutions in other countries do not have the same difficulty in then printing output as does the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Owing to the distribution of the Proceedings of the Seventh Pacific Science Congress being undertaken by the Royal Society's Office less time than usual could be devoted to Library work.
The Library, however, is fulfilling a good work, approximately 600 loans being issued during the past year to research workers and institutions.
Member Bodies. The following reports have been received from Member Bodies:—
Auckland Institute, for the year ended 31st March, 1951.
Wellington Branch, for the year ended 30th September, 1951.
Canterbury Branch, for the year ended 31st October, 1951.
Hawke's Bay Branch, for the year ended 31st December, 1951.
The Wellington Branch celebrated its centennial, and reports in general seem to indicate increasing membership and a lively interest in Branch activities.
Fellowship. Nominations were called from Member Bodies for the four vacancies in the Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and eleven nominations were received.
Voting papers for the selection of the four required were sent to Fellows in November, and the result of the voting was conveyed by the Returning Officer to the Fellowship Selection Committee, which will report to the Annual Meeting in May.
Fellowship Representation on the Council. Under the rules laid down for the representation of Fellows on the Council, Fellows were asked to nominate two and have their nominations seconded by a Fellow.
There was such a poor response to this request that the Standing Committee gave authority for a second request and an extension of time for receiving nominations. Only three more Fellows responded and the total number of Fellows who either proposed or seconded nominations was eleven out of a possible thirty-four resident in New Zealand.
This would indicate that some further machinery such as the calling a meeting of Fellows in each centre for discussion of matters of specific interest is necessary.
T. K. Sidey Summer-time Award. Arrangements had been made at short notice for the presentation of the Sidey Summer-time Medal and Prize to Professor V. A. Barley, of the School of Physics. University of Sydney, at a function in Canberra. The High Commissioner for New Zealand at Canberra held the annual Dominion Day Reception on the 24th September, at which were present 400 guests, including the Prime Minister and the Minister for External Affairs, and a number of other members of the Cabinet, and all the prominent citizens of Canberra, so that it was a fitting occasion for the presentation of a New Zealand medal. The High Commissioner, Mr. Lisle Alderton, gave a short resume of the award and its conditions, and Sir Douglas Copland. Vice-Chancellor of the National University, himself a New Zealander, made the presentation.
Professor Bailey wrote acknowledging the congratulations and good wishes of the President, Mr. Callaghan, stating that he was very sensible of the honour conferred on him and mentioning his association with Lord Rutherford and with the late Professor Coleridge Farr.
Hector Award. It was a happy coincidence that Dr. F. J. Turner should be visiting New Zealand in 1951. This made it possible for the Hector Medal and Prize to be presented to him in Otago, where so much of the actual work for which he received the award had been done.
The presentation took place in December, and unfortunately, the President, Mr. Callaghan, was unable to be away from Wellington at that time. Professor W. E. Adams, President of the Otago Branch, made the presentation to Dr. Turner at a most successful function.
Hamilton Prizes. At the same Otago Branch function, the Hamilton Prize awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Batham, was presented to her. This presentation had been deferred on account of Dr. Batham's absence in England for post-graduate study.
Arrangements for the presentation of the 1951 Hamilton Prize to Dr. Marshall Laird have been made. This will take place at a meeting of the Wellington Branch on the 23rd April.
Hutton Grants. The following applications for grants from the Hutton Fund were received during the year and were dealt with by the Standing Committee:—
Mr. Maxwell Gage., £25 for research on the glaciers of Canterbury and Westland. Approved 7th June, 1951.
Mr. E. D. Hatch, for assistance in the cost of drawings for his papers. £18 18s approved 29th August. 1951.
Mr. F. J. F. Fisher, £40, for a study of the cytogenetic relationships of the New Zealand species of Ranunculus £25 approved 29th August, 1951.
Dr. M. Laird, £45, for a field trip to Norfolk Island to study protozoan parasites there Approved 29th August, 1951.
Mr. J. D. Campbell, £20, for collecting material for research in New Zealand T [ unclear: ] assie and Jurassic Brachiopoda. Approved 4th December, 1951.
Seventh New Zealand Science Congress, 1951. The Treasurer of the Congress, Mr. G. Stokell, submitted a financial statement of the Congress held last year. This revealed that the Canterbury Committee's aim to make the Congress self-supporting had been more than fulfilled. The Congress Committee received £150 from the Royal Society. This was insufficient to meet running expenses, and the Committee made a charge on members attending the Congress for morning and afternoon teas and for most of the entertainments, in addition to their subscriptions. This decision would appear to be a wise one in that it has left a credit balance of £280 19s 1d instead of a debit, which in the past has been a drain on the resources of the Branch holding the Congress.
Mr. Stokell submitted a useful report with suggestions for future Congresses, and these will be of value.
The Standing Committee ruled that the credit balance should go towards the cost of publishing the Congress volume, together with a grant of £850 made by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research for this purpose, and that the cost of the volume should not exceed this total amount.
Science Congress Resolutions. The resolutions carried at the Congress were referred to the appropriate bodies. One which has a bearing on future Congresses is recorded.
“That the Organizing Committee of the Eighth Science Congress be recommended to consider including in the programme symposia which, instead of containing a number of papers by different authors on different facets of the problem, shall consist of a single paper by a selected speaker (whose address shall be circulated before the Congress) and be followed by discussion”
Eighth New Zealand Science Congress, 1954 The locale of the 1954 Science Congress is referred to the Annual Meeting in May It was ascertained that the Nelson Philosophical Society is not in a position to undertake the organization of the Congress, and the Auckland Institute has been approached with a view to its being held in Auckland.
A. and N.Z.A. A. S. The next meeting of the A. and N. Z. A. A. S. will be held in Sydney in August, and member bodies have been asked to advise which of then members will attend in order that the Society's delegation may be appointed.
Pacific Science Congress Proceedings. The 1st Volume of the Proceedings of the Seventh Congress, held in 1949, was published and distributed to those entitled to receive it. The price of this volume was fixed at 15/-
Volumes 3 and 5, dealing with oceanography and meteorology and with botany are still in the press. The cost of these two volumes will exceed by approximately £800 the balance in the Congress Account, and the measures for meeting this deficit and for printing the remainder of the volumes has been frequently discussed by the Standing Committee.
A deputation consisting of the President, Dr. Archey, Dr. Falla, Dr. Marwick, and Professor Richardson, was set up to wait on the Minister and place the position before him. The deputation was arranged for 28th April.
Kalinga Prize for Science Writing. The Standing Committee submitted the name of Professor C. A. Cotton for the Kalinga Prize of £1,000, and specimens of his published works were sent to UNESCO for the jury set up to decide the winner of the Prize. The jury which was appointed is as follows:—Dr. Julian Huxley, Dr. M. N. Saha, Mr. Paul Gaulthier.
Overseas Conferences. Dr. J. T. Salmon had been appointed to represent the Society at the International Congress of Entomology in Amsterdam, but he found he was unable to spare the time from his studies in London.
Dr. L. Bastings was appointed to represent the Society at the General Assembly of the International Council of Scientific Unions in Brussels if he is able to do so.
Professor C. A. Cotton was appointed to represent the Society at the International Geological Congress in Algiers and the International Geographical Congress in Washington.
Visiting Overseas Scientists. The Society's Branches had the privilege of hearing lectures from distinguished scientific visitors during the year. On notification from the Society's office arrangements were made for Sir Edward Mellanby, who was accompanied by Lady Mellanby, to address combined meetings in the four centres.
Professor D. R. Hartree, F.R.S. addressed meetings, his subject (the calculating machine) being of specific interest to physicists and mathematicians.
Branches were also advised of the visit of Mr. C. F. Publow, assistant engineer of the Hydro-electric Power Commission, Ontario. This visit, however, was of more interest to the Engineering Societies, and, moreover, it came during the holiday recess.
International Union for the Protection of Nature. As a result of considered opinion by the Society's Conservation Committee, the Forest and Bird Protection Society and the Pacific Science Council, the Standing Committee approached the Government urging it to become an affiliated member of the IUPN. The Minister of Internal Affairs replied that arrangements were being made for an officer of the Wild Life Branch of his Department to attend a meeting of the working committee of the Union, and Dr. C. S. M. Hopkirk had last year attended a meeting of the General Assembly of the Union as Government observer Any decision of the Government regarding membership of the Union is deferred pending consideration of these reports when they come to hand The Society would be advised later on the position.
Conservation Committee's Report.—The report presented to the last annual meeting covering proposals for the establishment of a National Conservation Council for New Zealand were submitted to the Ministers concerned. Later, the Minister of Works, in acknowledging receipt of the report, stated that serious consideration is being given to the question of organizing and control of soil conservation and that the Society's report will be taken into account. He stated that it may even be necessary before amending legislation is drafted to hold a conference of interested parties.
Fuel and Power Utilization. The report presented at last Annual Meeting was redrafted for submission to the Rt. Hon. the Prime Minister, who replied that he greatly valued the findings of the Society's Committee on the fuel and power position in New Zealand, and that he had referred the matter to the Government's advisers for study and report.
As no further reply had been received the matter was again placed before the Prime Minister. In the absence of the Prime Minister the Hon. Mr. Fortune, assistant to the Prime Minister, had referred the report to the Ministers concerned for direct reply.
Rutherford Memorial. A sub-committee consisting of the President, the Hon. Treasurer, and Dr. L. Bastings (convener) was set up by the Standing Committee in June and ultimately advice was received from the Canterbury Organizing Committee that the University Colleges in the centres had been asked to act as committees in conjunction with other interested organizations. Dr. Bastings was appointed convener of the Wellington committee, and at the March meeting of the Standing Committee he reported that Wellington had raised £2,230, and it was hoped that New Zealand would raise approximately £10,000.
Matters Arising From Last Annual Meeting. Several matters which were briefly discussed at the last Annual Meeting were referred to the Standing Committee for consideration and report. In some cases there has not been time nor the opportunity to do more than set up sub-committees to bring down preliminary reports;
(a) Present function and status of Fellows: A sub-committee consisting of Dr. Archey (convener), Dr. Salmon, Professor E. Beaglehole. Dr. Barnett, was set up to report This has not yet been received.
(b) National Collections: An exploratory committee consisting of Dr. Marwick (convener), Dr. H. H. Allan, Dr. Miller, Dr. Oliver, was set up to report when, if necessary, a larger and more representative committee could be set up. An interim report was received.
(c) Endowment Fund: The Hon Treasurer and the Secretary were asked to report on this Fund. No action is yet reported.
(d) Obligations and needs of the Society: Research Grants Fund A committee to deal with these matters was set up at the annual meeting but it has not yet reported.
Archaeological Sites: The Hawke's Bay Branch submitted proposals for the preservation and marking of archaeological sites in Hawke's Bay. These were approved by the Standing Committee and the Branch was advised that action in this direction could well be patterned on similar schemes adopted in Great Britain and Canada with much success.
Storage Accommodation: The store-room in the basement of the General Assembly Library in Parliament Buildings for many years in use by the Society is now required by the Assembly Library, but so far no alternative accommodation has been found by the Standing Committee.
Revision of the Index Faunae Novae Zealandiac. Some observations on the preparation and publication of this work made by Dr. Miller were referred to the Otago Branch's Revision Committee for consideration.
Sainsbury's MS. On Mosses. This work has now been undertaken by the Dominion Museum as it holds the collection of Mr. Sainsbury's mosses.
Annual Meeting, 1952. It was with regret that the Standing Committee decided against holding the Annual Meeting in Nelson. On an examination of comparative costs of a meeting in Nelson and Wellington it was felt that the Society was not justified at the present time in accepting the cordial invitation from Dr. D. Miller, Sir Theodore Rigg and the Nelson Philosophical Society to hold it in Nelson.
The President moved and Dr. Falla seconded the adoption of the Standing Committee's Report.
Matters arising out of the report:—
Obituary Notice. It was agreed that the Otago Branch should be asked to arrange for an Obituary Notice of Mr. George Simpson.
Publication Matters., Members expressed their approval of the new format of the Transactions as indicated by the separates of the Proceedings which were distributed to members.
A. and N.Z. A.A.S. Dr. G. Archey was appointed to represent the Society at the 1952 meeting of the A. and N.Z. A. A. S.
Pacific Science Congress. Dr. Marwick reported on the position of the printing of the Proceedings of the Seventh Pacific Science Congress and he suggested that a deputation to the Government Printer might assist in hastening the completion of the volumes in the press and succeeding volumes.
The President read a letter from the Hon. Minister of Scientific and Industrial Research which stated that Cabinet had approved a special grant from the Consolidated Fund to defray the cost of the remaining volumes of the Proceedings. Further it instructed the Royal Society of New Zealand to endeavour to secure the best terms for the printing of these volumes.
Gratification was expressed by Dr. Archey and others that it will now be possible for the remaining volumes to be published.
On the motion of the President the Council's thanks were conveyed to the deputation for its successful work.
The President had already expressed to the Minister and to Cabinet the Society's sincere thanks for the grant, approximately £8,500.
Rutherford Appeal. Professor R. S. Allan reported that the amount of the Appeal now stood at £8,700. He paid a tribute to Nelson for its response to the appeal. Dr. Miller stated that a large proportion of the amount had been raised by a Science Exhibition for which Sir Theodore Rigg was largely responsible.
Function and Status of Fellows. The committee set up to report on this matter presented its report as follows:—
“The Committee appointed to consider possible functions and activities of Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand, having in mind that Fellows are elected solely on account of their research achievement, that already over half of the present Fellows serve in office or on the Councils of the Royal Society or its Branches, and that Fellows are also entitled to elect two representatives on the Council of the Royal Society, is of opinion that no further formal activities or service should be expected of them, except that, because of
their research achievement, they would normally be looked to for advising the Council on matters within their sphere of investigation.
“The Committee does not consider it advisable that other duties should be expected of them lest this should become to be regarded as a qualification for the Fellowship in addition to or even taking precedence over the present achievement in research.”
On the motion of Dr. Archey, seconded by Dr. Salmon, the above report was adopted.
National Collections. The Exploratory Committee (Dr. J. Marwick, Dr. W. R. B. Oliver, Dr. H. H. Allan, Dr. D. Miller) set up by the Standing Committee presented a report which is to be submitted to the Standing Committee for consideration and if necessary a larger and more representative. Dr. Marwick commented on the recommendations in the report emphasising the need for better housing and maintenance of national collections involving additional finance.
The President said the Royal Society is the proper body to take up such questions.
On the motion of Dr. Marwick, seconded by Dr. Oliver, the report was adopted for action by the Standing Committee.
The report of the Standing Committee was adopted.
Lunch Adjournment. The President announced that the lunch would be taken at 12.20 p.m. and he invited all members to be his guests at Kirkcaldie and Stains.
Afternoon Roll Call. All members responded to the afternoon roll call.