Linnean Society of New South Wales

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The Linnean Society of New South Wales promotes the Cultivation and Study of the Science of Natural History in all its Branches and was founded in Sydney, New South Wales (Australia) in 1874 and incorporated in 1884.[1][2] It succeeded the Entomological Society of New South Wales, founded in 1862[3] and folded in 1872,[4] with James Charles Cox as its first president.[5] The first issue of Proceedings was in 1875.[4]

The establishment of the Society was largely due to the dedication and financial support of its first President, Sir William Macleay. Another important member in the society's early history was Joseph James Fletcher who was director and librarian (this title was afterwards changed to secretary) from 1885 and edited 33 volumes of the Proceedings of the society.

In September 1882, a fire destroyed the library and a part of the scientific material of the society. The efforts of William Macleay made it possible nevertheless for the society to continue its activities.

In 1903, the Society created the Macleay bursary which, has since helped of many students of the University of Sydney to continue their studies and to engage of the significant research tasks in the fields of botany, zoology or geology.

Other notable members include:

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  1. ^ Official year book of the Commonwealth of Australia (55 ed.). Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. 1969. p. 290. 
  2. ^ "Linnean Society of New South Wales (1874 - )". Australian Science at Work. 
  3. ^ John Gascoigne (2002). The Enlightenment and the origins of European Australia. Cambridge University Press. p. 91. ISBN 0-521-80343-8. 
  4. ^ a b Anderson, Kay (1998). "Science and the Savage: the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 1874-1900". Cultural Geographies. 5 (2): 125–143. doi:10.1177/147447409800500201. ISSN 1474-4740. 
  5. ^ Teale, Ruth (1969). "Cox, James Charles (1834 - 1912)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  6. ^ Brazier, John William (1842 - 1930), Bright Sparcs biographical entry
  7. ^ Julian Edmund Tenison Woods, Catholic Encyclopedia
  8. ^ Kaleski, Robert Lucian Stanislaus (1877–1961)
  • Robertson, R. N. (1974). ""A Society of Natural History. I hope they may succeed." - the first hundred years'". Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. 99 (1): 69–78. 

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