Sheffield Daily Telegraph Friday 2 March 1906


Last night the Doncaster Scientific Society provided an interesting and instructive evening for their numerous members and friends on the occasion of their annual conversazione, which was held, by kind permission of the Mayor (Councillor G. Smith), in the Mansion House. Through the exertions of the indefatigable secretary (Dr. H. Corbett) and the committee, a fine exhibition of objects of scientific interest was brought together, the various branches including archaeology, botany, geology, microscopy, photography, physics, and zoology. The ancient and modern were happily combined, and, whilst there were specimens of geology and fossils found in the district, there were the latest inventions in the direction of radium, shown Mr. T. Cuttriss, and the marvellous adding and calculating machines, two of which, out of number in use at the Great Northern Railway Works, were exhibited and explained by the kindness of Mr. H. Culpin. Several beautiful drawings of the lower forms of animal life, mostly microscopical, the late Mr. J. M. Kirk, were lent by his brother, and there was a facsimile of a Roman fibula found between Tickhill and Wadworth during the recent excavations for the new railway. There was also a stone axe found on the Doncaster Racecourse, and an ancient British sepultural urn found in St. Sepulchre Gate.

Not only was there music intervals, but interesting lecture “The Borderland of Plant and Animal Life,” by Mr. Harold Wager, F.R.S., and president of the botanical section of the British Association.

Among those present were the Mayor (Councillor Smith), Aldermen Wainwright and Clark, Councillor Spencer, the Town Clerk (Mr. Tovey), Mr. H, Culpin, M. de Herrenberg, Dr. H. Corbett, hon. secretary, etc.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph 11 October 1906


Last night the Doncaster Scientific Society began their winter session, when the Presidential address was delivered by Mr. R. Watson, manager of the Corporation Gas Works. The subject was “Meteorological and other notes.” In the course of his address, Mr. Watson dealt with the recording sections of the society, and showed their utility not merely to the members, but to the general community. The second half of address dealt with the question of local weather. The total rainfall for Doncaster district for the last ten years averaged 23.2.