The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1948
The aim of the Chemical Society is to provide its members with a greater familiarity with the part played by chemists and chemical industry in the life of the community. That this aim was realized at least in part, is evidenced by the vigorous discussions that were a notable feature of meetings, especially those of a more general or controversial nature. On the whole, meetings were not well attended but students whose interest in scientific knowledge extends beyond their examination syllabus were present regularly. Meetings during the year were:
Film: 'The Life of Louis Pasteur'.
Talks: B. E. Swedlund, 'Scientific Methods'. Messrs Harris, Beck, Cryer, and Saxton, 'Aspects of Industrial Chemistry'. Dr Parton, 'Technical Barbarians'. Dr Dixon, 'Soil Chemistry'. Messrs Clare and McIntosh, 'Aspects of Agricultural Chemistry'.
Visits were made to the Dominion Laboratory and to the Soil Bureau where research workers explained their problems, the methods used to solve them, and the progress of their work. During the August vacation a party of six members went on a tour of other research stations in the North Island, at Palmerston North and Ruakura, Hamilton. This was a most interesting and profitable experience for the tourists, and it is hoped that similar visits can be arranged in future years.
President: Prof. P. W. Robertson. Chairman: Mr. A. R. Caverhill. Hon. Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. K. A. Handcock. Committee: Messrs J. B. Butchers, P. G. Harris, A. N. Wilson.