THE ACCLIMATISATION SOCIETY.
At the weekly meeting of the Council of the Acclimatisation Society, held on Tuesday -present: Mr. E. Wilson, Dr. Black, Dr. Mueller, Professor McCoy, Dr. Maiden Messrs, A. Purchas, H. J. Chambers, and D S. Campbell-the President reported the safe arrival of the salmon ova, and the subsequent transhipment to the Victoria of the 170 boxes intended for Tasmania. Eleven boxes have been retained here, and arrangements have been made with the Ice Company, by which the society will rent a portion of their ground, and thus insure the necessary quantity of ice to reduce the water to its proper temperature. Mr. Wilson bore strong testimony to the aid which he had received from Commander Norman, and all the officers of the Victoria, as well as from Captain Tonkin, Mr. Carpenter, and all the officers of the Norfolk.
The following resolutions were unanimously passed by the council :
" That, in association with the very gratify- ing results now reported of the safe arrival of the salmon ova by the ship Norfolk, this council desires to express its strong apprecia- tion of the munificent conduct of Messrs. Mobey Wigram and Sons', in their dona- tion of the large amount of space on board their vessel, and beg to congratu- late that firm upon the hopeful prospects in one of the most interesting of experiments, and one fraught with vast importance to the Australian colonies, to which their liberality has so decidedly conduced," and " that the best thanks of this council are due to Captain Tonkin and Mr. Carpenter, of the ship Nor- folk, for the care taken and the zeal ex- hibited in reference to the salmon ova on board that vessel, and the council hereby expresses its conviction that to that care no small portion of the gratifying success now reported may be attributable."
The gold medal recently conferred upon Mr. Wilson by the Imperial Society of France, was exhibited upon the table, and Dr. Black, in the name of the council, warmly congratulated Mr. Wilson upon the honour conferred upon him, us showing that his labours in the cause of acclimatisation were duly appreciated by the first acclimatisation Society in the world. It was also resolved " That the thanks of the Council of the Accli- matisation Society of Victoria be given to the Imperial Acclimatisation Society of France for the high and distinguished honour conferred upon their president by the pre- sentation of the gold-medal."
Tho Secretary reported that twenty-two English Sparrows and thirty-eight Java spar- rows had been sent to Ballarat; also that thirty-six English tench had been placed in the Bendigo Waterworks Company's reservoir
It was also stated that by the Onward, from Calcutta, one Axis deer and twelve bush quail had arrived in charge of Captain Krefft, having been sent by Mr. Arthur Grote.
A letter was read from Mr. Butler, of Cal- cutta, stating that he had shipped, per George and Juliet, four axis deer, forty quail, four- teen mino birds, and four geese.
Dr. MUELLER reported having sent eight native bears by the Victoria to Hobart Town, where it is intended that those animals shall be liberated in the densely-wooded parts of the country, with a view to their population there ; also that two black swans had been sent to Santiago, by the ship Napier.
The Hon. W. C. Haines and Mr. H. E.. Watts were elected to fill the vacancies in the council, caused by the resignation of Professor Halford and Mr. F. R. Godfrey.
The following letter from Mr. Thomas Austin, of Barwon Park, was also read:
" Barwon Park, April 18, 1861,
"Dear Sir,-I have to acknowledge your letter and circular of the Acclimatisation So- ciety, and so satisfied am I of its benefit to the colony, that I enclose you a cheque for ten guineas to be a life member. I may add, that
I have done a little myself towards intro- ducing game birds. I brought out in the Yorkshire nine hares and thirty-four black- birds and thrushes, which I am going to turn out here ; and my man, this last season, has reared about seventy pheasants : some have bred out in their natural way ; and I have seen two coveys of partridges, one of six young ones, the other eight; and the English wild rabbit I have in thousands.
(Signed) "THOMAS AUSTIN. "To E. Wilson, Esq."
It was arranged to have the next monthly meeting on Wednesday next, at the Mechanics' Institute.