Southland Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
The annual report for the year ended March 31, 1957, was presented at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 1957.
Membership. At the end of the financial year the membership roll stood at 40 ordinary members and six life members. Three resignations were received during the year and one new member was elected. We could now recruit new members with advantage, and it is hoped that members will nominate interested friends.
Meetings. General meetings of the Branch were held as follows:—June 13, 1956, Dr. J. Hall-Jones, “Kakapo in Fiordland”. August 15, Mr. Irving, “Veterinary Work in New Zealand”. September 26, Dr. Jennings, “Early Photographs of Southland”, a collection of slides of historical interest.
The July meeting was held in conjunction with W.E.A., when Mr. R. S. Unwin addressed the gathering on the subject of the International Geophysical Year in Antarctica and New Zealand.
On October 31, members paid an evening visit to the Meteorological Office at the Invercargill airport, where, through the courtesy of Mr. Pollington, Officer in Charge, the method of operation of Met. radar and radiosonde equipment was explained with practical demonstrations.
We are very grateful to all those who took so much time and trouble in preparing addresses to the Branch.
While attendances at meetings have usually been rather small, we enjoyed the company of some 50 members and friends at one of our most successful lecture evenings.
Wellington Representative. At the May meeting of Council, we received with regret Dr. Uttley's resignation as our representative in Wellington. Mr. R. W. Willett, a life member of this branch, was elected in his place.
Transactions. In answer to a questionnaire distributed by post, some members stated that they would be willing to give up receiving the Transactions without reduction in subscription, thus assisting Branch funds. Thirty-two copies of Volume 84 have been ordered.
Research on Whero Island. Dr. Richdale, on his return to this country, has been able to spend a further period in the 1956–57 summer continuing his bird studies on Whero, and he reports that this season's work has been the most successful so far. He is most appreciative of the help he has received from Mr. and Mrs. Willa, of Stewart Island, who have performed the difficult and vital task of servicing him during his periods on Whero.
The hut is now in need of some repairs, and the Council have been giving some attention to this matter.
Library. Mrs. Sansom continues to act as honorary librarian for the branch, and books and periodicals are housed at the Southland Museum.
C. C. Anderson, President.
I. C. Mc Kellar, Secretary.