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These records consist of the minute books of the Manawatu Philosophical Society (1904-1929) and the Manawatu Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand (1935-1940). The Manawatu Philosophical Society was formed in 1904 to promote the "advancement of science, literature and art" and was affiliated to the Royal Society of New Zealand (originally known as the New Zealand Institute). The Manawatu Philosophical Society went into recess in 1929 and was revived in 1935 as the Manawatu Branch of the Royal Society. The Branch went into recess in 1940, but was revived after the Second World War. The Society was reconstituted in 1965. The Manawatu Philosophical Society operated a museum and an astronomical observatory in Palmerston North and held meetings for the delivery of lectures. It was also the host for the Science Congress of 1921.
Minute books, including reports of meetings, rules, annual reports, balance sheets and newspaper cuttings, 1904-1973.
Loose items found in minute books.
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