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Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of May, 1893

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There was a large attendance of ladies and gentlemen at the monthly meeting of the Royal Society held on Tuesday, May 13, at the Museum.
Sir Lambert Dobson presided.
The Bishop of Tasmania read an interesting paper entitled " Notes on a Recent Visit to Norfolk Island." He stated that his visit in August, 1892, was but a hurried one, and his engagements were numerous, but I seized every opportunity that presented itself to me to discover all I could of the characteristics.
Mr. J. B. Walker, F.R.G.S., read a paper entitled “The first settlement at Norfolk island”, dealing very interestingly with the story of the solitary islet set in the summer sea, so curiously interwoven with the history of our own colony, which was for a quarter of a century a dependency of Tasmania—and thus the penal settlement— until in times within the memory of many present it was abandoned, chiefly through the philanthropic exertions of Bishop Willson.
Sir Lambert Dobson proposed a vote of thanks to those who had contributed to the evening's discussion by papers and information. Regarding the charge of exaggeration, he thought there were horrors to be raked up in the history of the British Navy that would surpass in inhumanity those recorded at Norfolk Island, but it were better that the curtain of oblivion should be drawn over such matters.
The vote of thanks was unanimously accorded, after which Mr. E. P. Jones gave a phonographic entertainment with Edison's latest machine, which was very instructive and highly appreciated.


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Papers & Proceedings 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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