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TECHNOLOGICAL BRANCH. Tho J annual moetLig was held on Tuesday. Jn aildition to the formal business pf the adoption of the report and balance- ; sheet, resolutions were passed thanking \ the University of Otago for the use of a lecture room in which the meetings were jhts]d during the year, and Mr E. Anscombe for the use of his office for meetings. : The annual report stated: ! The last meeting, you will recollect, .•was held in the form of a dinner reunion in conjunction with the Astronomical branch, at which all necessary formal business of this branch was transacted. •It is felt that the annual function is very ihelpful in bringing members together under conditions favorable to the promotion of intimacy and good-fellowship, and it is to be regretted that, owing, no doubt, to the unrest caused by the existing war, sufficient support was not forthcoming to justify your committee in holding the dinner this year. The year 1914 has been productive of good anil useful work. A full course of seven ordinary meetings was held, at which valuable and interesting lectures were delivered. Some deviation from the printed syllabus was rendered necessary by the unfortunate indisposition, of Mr Ross, whose name figured jthereon. Members are considerably indebted to all contributors to the* programme, and especially to Mr Stark, who gave a second paper at short notice in order to fill the vacancy caused by Mr Ross's illness. The actual papers "given ."were as follows:—May, Mr H. Braseh, ,' The Law of Building arid Engineering Contracts'; June. Mr J. B."" Mason" 'Sand Movements and Banks at the Entrance of Otago Harbor'; July, Mr E. E. Etark, 'The Generation and Utilisation of Electric Energy from Wuipori Falls'; August, Mr B. B. Hooper, "The Evolution of; Domestic Architecture '; September. Professor Waters, ' Oil and Oil Testing'; Mr It. M'Lintock. 'Steam Effi-t-iences'; October, Mr E. E. Stark. 'Friction and Lubrication'; November, Mr \V. D. It. M'Curdie, •Waterworks.' During the year the branch has suffered a net loss of six members, being the excess! of resignations over new members elected. In most cases the member concerned has retired owing to his departure from tho district. Wo are unfortunate in losing. temporarily at hast, the assistance of Mr J". W. Payne, one of our vice-presidents. and a most valuable worker and contributor. _ The branch has good material in ißighfc for the next year's syllabus, and the prospects of maintaining its high standard Ere most encouraging. Tile following' resolution was also passed:—"That this meeting nlace on Jrccord their high appreciation o? the indebtedness of the Technological branch to Mr E. E. Stark, to whoso inspiration and energy the existence of the branch is due. Mr Stark was its founder in 1911, and las b<«n its chairman ever since. Further, that this meeting express to Mr Stark regret upon the severance of his active connection with the work of the Technological branch, owing to his removal to Christcluuvh. and wish him a long" continuancu of health arid, happiness in the new scene of his activities." In speaking to tho motion the Hon. Secretary (Mr Urasch) recalled the fact that the idea of some such body had occurred to Mr Stark in connection with hia lectures at th.' Technical School upon electricity. Mr Stark's first thought had hcen to form a technical club, but after a meeting, including most of the present members, had been held, it wa3 decided to affiliate with the Otago Institute. Several members spoke to the motion, all bearing testimony to the personal qualities ot Mr Stark and the enthusiasm So had put into the work of the brauch. The following office-bearers -were elected:—Chairman, Mr J. Blair Mason; vico-chairnen, Professor Park and Professor Waters; committee—Messrs 0 W Uaries, B. B. Hooper, W. D. R. M'Curdie, E. M'Lintock. O. Simpson, and R. N. Tanaa; hon. secretary, Mr H. Brasch.

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OTAGO INSTITUTE, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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OTAGO INSTITUTE Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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