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Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of April, 1889

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A meeting of the Royal Society of Tasmania was held at the Tasmanian Museum on April 16th. The President, His Excellency Sir Robert. (Jr. C. Hamilton, K.C.B., presided, and there was a large attendance of Fellows and ladies, including Lady Hamilton.
The secretary laid on the table a listing of the additions to the library .
The Secretary drew attention to a rare bird that had lately been shot near Muddy Plains. It was commonly known in Australia as the " nankeen kestrel," Tinnunculus cinhceroides. Mr. Morton stated that it was a singular coincidence that in April 1875, two specimens now in the Museum, were shot at Sorell. On dissection the bird now exhibited proved to be a female. The habitat of this bird, as recorded in Dr. Ramsay's list, was N.W. Australia, Queensland, and Victoria.
Another specimen, " the golden plover," Charadrius fulvus, shot at the Great Lake by Mr, T. Clarke, as also a grebe, Podiceps australis, shot by the same gentleman, was shown, having been shot at the Great Lake.
The Secretary also drew attention to a valuable collection of minerals from the great Broken Hill Mine that had been kindly presented to the Museum by Mr. F. Back, General Manager Tasmanian Government Railways.
Mr. J. R. McClymont, M.A., stated he had much pleasure in placing on record a new bird to the lists of birds at Tasman's Peninsula, the brown quail, Synoicus australis. He also exhibited a specimen of native bread, with a peculiar fungus growing from the bread.


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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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