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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1947

Biological Society

Biological Society

This Society has had an active year and has had a stimulating effect on the whole College. Activities began with the A.G.M., at which Mr. W. H. I. Dawbin gave a talk on his sojourn in the Auckland Islands, illustrated with slides and films.

The next talk was given by Miss Ralph on the trip to Canada. As the Biological Society instigated this trip we were pleased to have an account of the wonderful experiences the party had, from their leader.

The first field trip was a tramp to the Tararuas at Anzac week-end, and about 16 Biologists spent the week-end most profitably at Tauherenikau hut, studying the fauna and flora of the area.

A feature of interest was the talk on sex given to women students by Mrs Cochran, the author of 4 Meeting and Mating.'

A Sunday trip to Red Rocks on June 22 was held to study marine life. Dr. Fell led this trip and it was a great success, over thirty biologists and geologists attending.

The Brains Trust, held on June 23, attracted large crowds. The Society was fortunate in securing for the trust some of the brightest members of the staff. Some of Mr Munro's remarks will be long remembered, and some of Dr. Newman's answers have become favourite by-words in the Biology Block. All the students who packed into the Biology room on that night went away stimulated and enlivened.

A valuable field trip was made to Field Hut (in the Tararuas near Otaki Forks), the week-end before mid-term week. Miss Mason from the Botany Division was an able leader and answered many questions on the bush. Much time was spent botanising, but variety was gained by ski-ing, tramping, cooking, and generally enjoying camp life.

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An afternoon visit to Wallaceville Animal Research Station, by 45 keen biologists, was enjoyed. The party was divided up and shown around the research station and events concluded with afternoon tea being provided.

The Society hopes to run a trip to the Whaling Station at Tory Channel during the August vacation, and also a trip to Kapiti Island after finals.

The Scientific publication being brought out by the Society will be available by the beginning of next term.