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Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of November, 1888.

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The monthly meeting of the Royal Society was held in the new wing of the Tasmanian Museum on November 13. The chair was occupied by His Excellency Sir Robert George Crookshank Hamilton, K.U.B., President of the Society.
Includes a list of additions to the library during the month of October.
Mr. J. B. Walker read a paper on " The French in Van Diemen's Laud and the first settlement at the Derwent." The paper had been written at the request of the Premier (Hon. P. O. Fysh), and was founded principally on documents relating to the early history of Tasmania.
Mr. R. M. Johnston, F. L.S., said as the hour was late, he would not read the paper lie had prepared on " Observations on the variability of the Tasmanian Unio," but would simply give an abstract of it. Mr. R. M. Johnston also made some observations upon a specimen of coaly shale obtained by Mr. Hackett whilst exploring on the Tippagory Range, near Mount George, in the vicinity of George Town.
The president gave a brief summation on the results of the years sessions. The number of our Fellows is somewhat in excess of last year. The additions to our library have been very satisfactory, and the number of societies with which we exchange our publications has been increased by the important additions of the Royal Dublin Society, and the Royal Geographical Society of Edinburgh.
Mr. J. Barnard called attention to a motion passed at the last meeting of the Geographical Section of the Association recommending the appointment of a committee to consider the question of Antarctic Exploration.


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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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