These relate to the history of the Society and its amalgamation with the Historical Society of Victoria. Papers include draft constitution, minutes of inaugural meeting, minute books, memos, financial statements, cash book, letterbook, pamphlets, membership lists and certificates, list of aims and objectives, extracts from journals, reports, newspaper accounts, miscellaneous items, large body of correspondence and several unpublished manuscripts of lectures (listed below) read before the Society re matters of scientific and geographical study. Particular references to explorations and expeditions to Central Australia, New Guinea, New Hebrides and the Antarctic; voyage of the Scotia, visits of Captain R. F. Scott, Lieutenant Ernest H. Shackleton, H. M. Stanley; search for the remains of Leichardt's party and the bodies near Langrange Bay, W.A.: whaling ship the "Antarctic"; Australian Exploring and Prospecting Association; employment of Asiatic labour in northern Australia; research on the Warrnambool wreck; Centennial Exhibition and Columbus Exhibition; newspaper extracts of perjury case involving Alexander Cameron McDonald; miscellaneous papers on the Ancient Mariners of Victoria, the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science and world-wide geographical and scientific societies and congresses. Principal persons include Baron Ferdinand Von Mueller, Alexander Cameron McDonald, G. S. Griffiths and explorations led by Thomas Elder, David Lindsay and W. H. Tietkens. Manuscripts included are: Bradshaw, Joseph: Northern Territory views and notes. Bully, H. J.: Notes on the Crozet Islands - expedition to the islands in the schooner Catherine. Chataway, Senator: Report of his comments after Rev. Gilbert White's paper on Northern Australia. David, T. W. Edgeworth: Cupriferous shales in pennian rocks near Sydney. Fowler, Thomas Walker: A note on Captain Cook's Point Hicks. Hayward, Joseph: A holiday in Greece. James, Job: The position of the granite family with regard to sedimentary formations. Kernot, W. C.: Melbourne's great unknown mountain. McDonald, Alexander Cameron: The beginning of Australia. McDonald, Alexander Cameron: The fate of La Perouse. MacFie, Matthew: Are the laws of nature transgressed or obeyed by the continuous labour of white men in the Australian tropics? Newland, V. Marra: The East African Protectorate: a white man's country. Panton, J. A.: A brief review of additional evidences as to the discovery of Australia by de Quiros. Smith, W. Ramsay: Notes by a naturalist in the South Seas. Wilkinson, W. Percy: The nomenclature of Australian wines in relation to historical commercial usage of European wine names, international conventions for the protection of industrial property and recent European commercial treaties. Wunderlich, Franz: Contributions to the knowledge of ore and other views. There is also a discussion of a paper by George Gordon McCrae.
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