Series RSA/A - The Royal Society of Tasmania: Records of Meetings

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The Royal Society of Tasmania: Records of Meetings


  • 1843-present (Creation)

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(1843 to present)

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The Royal Society of Tasmania is the oldest scientific society in Australia and New Zealand and the third oldest Royal Society in the Commonwealth.
The Society was founded in 1843 by Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, Lieutenant Governor, as the Botanical and Horticultural Society of Van Diemen’s Land. Its aim was to ‘develop the physical character of the Island and illustrate its natural history and productions’. Queen Victoria became Patron in 1844 and the name was changed to The Royal Society of Tasmania of Van Diemen’s Land for Horticulture, Botany and the Advancement of Science. Under the current relevant Act of Parliament, passed in 1911, the name was shortened to The Royal Society of Tasmania. A branch of the Society was formed in Launceston in 1853. It lapsed but was reconstituted in 1921 and has continued since then.
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The Royal Society of Tasmania

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Records of The Royal Society of Tasmania. Includes Council, Annual, General & Special meeting minutes.
• Digital copies of these records 1993-2017 are held at
NOTE: Annual Reports of the Society are available as bound copies - Morris Miller-Royal Society Rare-Book (Q 93 .R642)

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

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HE Feb2020




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