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Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of April, 1877

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The monthly meeting of the society was held on Tuesday, the 10th April. The Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Tasmania in the chair.
The Rev. W. W, Spicer read some notes, and a communication from Baron Ferd. von Mueller, on the curious confervoid substance from the Cascades reservior. (Presentation No. 19.) The Rev. G. Browx, C.M.Z.S., having been introduced by the Secretary, was kind enough, agreeably to request, to favor the meeting with some very interesting observations descriptive of the various islands he had recently visited, with remarks on the inhabitants, their language, manners, and customs.The islands referred to were New Britain, New Ireland, and the Duke of York Group. Some remarks were then made on the geographical distribution of the Fauna, more especially as regards the Marsupials found on New Britain and New Ireland. The Cuscus was found in abundance on New Ireland, the most distant island from New Guinea, but was not found on New Britain. The Wallaby, which is described and named by Mr. Ramsay in the Proceedings already referred to, was found on New Ireland alone, but it was possible it might exist on New Britain, though no specimens were obtained from that locality. The only Marsupial found on New Britain was a small Flying Squirrel. A new Perameles (Bandicoot) was found on the Duke of York Island.


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Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania



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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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