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Proceedings of the Royal Society for the month of October, 1876

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The usual monthly evening meeting of the Society was held on Monday, the 9th October, James Barnard, Esq., in the chair.
A living specimen of the whitebellied Sea-Eagle, from Ceylon was presented to the society by Captain Legge who states "this is a very fine immature Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), which I beg to present to the Royal Society. It is, I consider, a bird of some interest as regards Tasmania, as it is the same species as our Fish Hawk; and will illustrate the young plumage very well.
Special attention was called to the valuable presentation of books, on various scientific subjects, from the United States Government, and from the Smithsonian Institution and other learned Societies in America.
In the absence of the author, the Rev. J. E. Tenison-Woods, F.L.S., F.G.S., Corresponding Member of the Royal Societies of New South Wales and Tasmania, and of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, the Secretary read a paper "On a new-reversed Helix (Helix weldii)," discovered by Mr. W. F. Petterd on the North-West Coast, near Circular Head.
The Secretary also read a communication from J. E. Calder, Esq., on the language of the Aborigines of Tasmania-. Accompanying this was a large and very carefully prepared compilation by Mr. Calder of all the known aboriginal words preserved by various collectors; and so arranged that each collector has the credit of all words added by him to the general stock.
Mr. M. Allport observed, in order to continue the history of our salmon to the latest date, that he had to report the capture of a fine grilse, weighing about three pounds, in the harbour about a fortnight ago.


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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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