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Her Majesty Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii.


His Honor H. G. Seth-Smith, M.A.

(Chief Judge of the Native Land Court.)


(Elected 8th January, 1892.)

  • The Rev. W. J. Habens, B.A.
  • A. Carroll, M.A., M.D.
  • J. R. Blair
  • Elsdon Best
  • E. Tregear, F.R.G.S., F. R. Hist. S.
  • S. Percy Smith, F.R.G.S.

Joint Hon, Secretaries, and Treasurers, and Editors of Journal:

Ed. Tregear and S. Percy Smith.

THE Society is formed to promote the study of the Anthropology, Ethnology, Philology, History and Antiquities of the Polynesian races, by the publication of an official journal, to be called “The Journal of the Polynesian Society;” and by the collection of books, manuscripts, photographs, relics, and other illustrations.

The term “Polynesia” is intended to include Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Malaysia, as well as Polynesia proper.

Candidates for admission to the Society shall be admitted on the joint recommendation of a member of the Society and a member of the Council, and on the approval of the Council.

Every person elected to membership shall receive immediate notice of the same from the Secretaries, and shall receive a copy of the rules; and on payment of his subscription of one pound shall be entitled to all the benefits of membership. Subscriptions are payable in advance, on the 1st January of each year.

Papers will be received on any of the above subjects if sent through a member. Authors are requested to write only on one side of the paper, to use quarto paper, and to leave one inch margin on the left-hand side, to allow of binding. Proper names should be written in ROMAN TYPE.

The office of the Society is at present Box 188, Post Office, Wellington, New Zealand.

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No. I.—APRIL 15, 1892.—Vol. I.

At a meeting held in the Library of the New Zealand Institute, Wellington, on he 8th January, 1892, the Polynesian Society was duly formed, Officers elected, and Rules agreed to. The following Officers were unanimously elected:—

Patron—Her Majesty Liliuokalani (Queen of Hawaii).

President—H. G. Seth-Smith, Esq., M.A. (Chief Judge of the Native Land Court).

Council—Rev. W. J. Habens, B.A., A. Carroll, Esq., M.A., M.D., J. R. Blair, Esq., Elsdon Best, Esq., E. Tregear, Esq., F.R.G.S. and S. Percy Smith, Esq., F.R.G.S.

Joint Secretaries and Treasurers—E. Tregear and S. Percy Smith.

The following Honorary Members were elected:—Hon. Sir George Grey, K.C.B., and Francis Dart Fenton, Esq. (late Chief Judge of the Native Land Court).

The undermentioned Gentlemen were elected Corresponding Members;—Professor Otis T. Mason (Curator of Ethnology, National Museum, Washington), and the Rev. T. G. Hammond, Patea, Taranaki, N.Z.

The Names of one hundred and twelve Ladies and Gentlemen were read out as having joined the Society.

The Council met on the 11th January, 1892, when several matters relating to the affairs of the Society were settled, and draft letters to Honorary and Corresponding Members, and Circular No. 1, were approved.

The Council met on the 25th March, 1892, when several letters and the following papers were received and discussed:—“The Native Races of the Philippines,” “Futuna Island and its People,” “The Tahitian Hymn of Creation,” “Genealogies and Historical Notes from Rarotonga,” “Maori Deities,” “Polynesian Causatives,” “Notes and Queries.”

The following new members were elected:—W. Ford, Esq., of Sydney; Right Rev. S. T. Nevill, D.D., of Dunedin; T. K. Skinner, Esq., of New Plymouth; J. N. Williams, Esq., of Hastings; Rev. H. W. Williams, of Gisborne.

A donation of Native articles, from the East Indian Archipelago, was accepted from N. J. Tone, Esq.

A communication was received from Hon. W. D. Alexander, announcing the formation of an Historical Society in Honolulu, with objects in sympathy with those of our Society.

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  • Atkinson, A. S. Nelson
  • Adams, C. W. Dunedin
  • Alexander, E. W., M.D. Dunedin
  • Alexander, Hon. W. D. Honolulu
  • Broderick, J. N. Timaru
  • Birch, W. J. Erewhon, Napier
  • Blair, J. R. Wellington
  • Barron. A. Wellington
  • Baker, J. H. Wellington
  • Best, Elsdon Wellington
  • Byrne, J. W. Hawera
  • Bishop, Hon. C. R. Honolulu
  • Brittain, Rev. A. Norfolk Island
  • Chapman, F. R. Dunedin
  • Cowie, Right Rev. W. G., D.D. Auckland
  • Campbell, R. E. M. Wanganui
  • Campbell, Hon. A. M. Tonga Island
  • Carroll, A., M.A., M.D. Sydney
  • Chalmers, Rev. James New Guinea
  • Cartwright, A. J. Honolulu
  • Castle, W. N. Honolulu
  • Cleghorn, Hon. A. S. Honolulu
  • Caldwell, R. Wellington
  • Crompton, A. Adelaide, S.A.
  • Carkeek, Morgan Otaki, Wellington
  • Davies, G. H. Wellington
  • Denniston, Hon. J. E. Christchurch
  • Dole, Sandford B. Honolulu
  • Ellis, J. W. Otorohanga, Auck and
  • Emmerson, J. S. Honolulu
  • Fletcher, R. Wellington
  • Fraser, J., LL.D. Sydney
  • Fraser, D. Bulls, Wellington
  • Frackleton, Rev. W. S., M.S.. B.D. Sydney
  • Ford, W. Sydney
  • Gold-Smith, E. C. Gisborne
  • Grace, L. M. Taupo, Auckland
  • Gudgeon, Judge W. E. Otorohanga, Auckland
  • Gill, Rev. W. Wyatt, LL.D. Sydney
  • Govett, Ven. H., B.A. New Plymouth
  • Grey, Rev. W. Tanna, New Hebrides
  • Gunn, Rev. W. Futuna, New Hebrides
  • Habens, Rev. W. J., B.A. Wellington
  • Hursthouse, C. W. Te Kuiti, Auckland
  • Hocken, T. M., M.D., F.L.S. Dunedin
  • Harris, E. F. Gisborne
  • Hill, Hon. Walter Honolulu
  • Hyde, Rev. C. M., D.D. Honolulu
  • Hamilton, R. W. Wellington
  • Hamilton, A. Dunedin
  • Henry, Miss Te Uira Honolulu
  • Ii, Mrs. Irene Honolulu
  • Johnston, D. G., M.D. Carterton, Wellington
  • Johnson, H. Dunbar Te Aroha, Auckland
  • Judd, A. F. Honolulu
  • Kenny, Hon. C. W. A. T., M.L.C. Picton, Marlborough
  • Kensington, W. C. Auckland
  • Lyons, A. B. Honolulu
  • Lymburn, Rev. J. Martinboro, Wellington
  • Lawrence, Rev. W. N. Rarotonga Island
  • Large, J. T. Wairoa, Hawkes Bay
  • Laing, R.M., M.A. Christchurch
  • Murray, Rev. C. Carterton, Wellington
  • Marques, A. Honolulu
  • Marshall, W. S. Marton, Wellington
  • Moss, F. G. Rarotonga Island
  • Morpeth, W. T. Wellington
  • Major, C. E. Hawera, Taranaki
  • McDonald, Rev. D. Fate, New Hebrides
  • Nelson, C. E. Rotorua, Auckland
  • Nevill, Right Rev. S. T., D.D. Dunedin
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  • Nicholas, H. Rarotonga Island
  • O'Donahoo, A. Wellington
  • Oahu College Library Honolulu
  • Proctor, T. Carterton. Wellington
  • Phillips, Coleman Featherston, Wellington
  • Parker, S. Honolulu
  • Pope, J. H. Wellington
  • Rutland, J. Canvass Town, Marlborough
  • Reid, W. S. Wellington
  • Smith, J. Mott. Honolulu
  • Spencer, C. N. Honolulu
  • Smith, W. W. Ashburton, Canterbury
  • Stack, Rev. J.W . Fendalton, Canterbury
  • Shand, A. Chatham Islands
  • Smith, H. G. Seth, M.A. Wellington
  • Smith, F. S. Waiau, Canterbury
  • Smith, M. C. Wellington
  • Stout, Hon. Sir R., K.C.M.G. Dunedin
  • Skinner, W. H. New Plymouth
  • Skinner, T. K. New Plymouth
  • Smith, S. Percy, F.R.G.S. Wellington
  • Smithsonian Institute Philadelphia, U.S.A.
  • Tregear, E., F.R.G.S., F. R. Hist. S. Wellington
  • Tone, N. J. Pahiatua, Wellington
  • Thompson, G. M., F.L.S. Dunedin
  • Turnbull, T. Tahiti Island
  • Tuta-Tamati Gisborne
  • Testa, F. J. Honolulu
  • Webster, J. Hokianga
  • Wilkinson, G. T. Otorohanga, Auckland
  • Wheeler, W. T. Whangaroa, Auckland
  • Weetman, S., F.R.G.S. New Plymouth
  • Williams, Ven. W. L., B.A. Gisborne
  • Williams, Rev. H. W. Gisborne
  • Wilson, D. C. Whangarei, Auckland
  • Wright, A. B. Auckland
  • Wideman, Hon. H. A. Honolulu
  • Williams, J. N. Hastings, Napier
  • Young, J. L. Tahiti Island
  • Her Majesty the Queen of Hawaii
  • Hon. Sir George Grey, K.C.B. Auckland
  • Francis Dart Fenton Helensville, Auckland
  • Professor Otis T. Mason, Smithsonian Institute Philadelphia, U.S.A.
  • Rev. T. G. Hammond Patea, Taranaki

The names of several members in Rarotonga have, unfortunately, not yet reached the Council. As this list will be published annually, the Secretaries would feel obliged if members would supply any omissions, or notify change of residence.