Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

An Account of, notable events, Persons and town history - online book

Home | Order | Support | About | Contact | Search

Share page  

Previous Contents Next

Chap. X.]           Natural History Society.                     115
in 1867, its publications contain many interesting papers on Botany, Geology, and sea creatures, due to the zeal and energy of members taking up diverse fields of research. Amongst the most industrious of its earlier members may be named the Rev. A. K. Cherrill, M.A., Miss W. L. Hall, Miss Hood, Mr. C. J. Midler, Mr. F. C. S. Roper, F.L.S., and Miss A. Woodhouse as representing Botany, the Rev. E. S. Dewick, Dr. 0. Ward, as representing Zoology, whilst General Physical Science found exponents in Mr. T. Ryle, F.R.A.S., the Rev. H. E. Maddock, and, at a later epoch, myself. My first appearance on the stage was on December 18, 1874, when I gave an address entitled " Astronomical Topics." I was elected President for the year 1876-77, and took advantage of my official position to invite all the members to a Conversazione and Loan Exhibition at my house, January 24, 25, and 26, 1877, which proved a very successful show. I had no idea that so many houses in East-Bourne contained so many objects of scientific, artistic, and literary interest. I invited the members to repeat the experiment, which they did on January 8 and 9, 1879, with even more successful results. I remember in particular the large number of exhibits obtained from the loot of the Summer Palace at Pekin in 1860.
Amongst the local objects of interest gathered together at one of the above-named Loan Exhibitions, were 2 old maps of East-Bourne exhibited on behalf of the Duke of Devonshire which had a curious history.
They had been amongst the household effects which came into the possession of the executors of my grand­mother, Mrs. Brodie, after her death in 1S64, and had been stowed away at The Gore, her house in the Old Town, for many years, probably 50 at the least. From my recollection of them, I have no doubt that they were Parish property, and in the absence of any local museum or other fit place of deposit, I urged that they should be sent to the Sussex Archaeological Society. The executors however thought that the Duke of Devonshire had the first claim to them (though he made no claim), and accordingly they were sent to him.
Previous Contents Next