A very interesting address was given on May 14 to the Auckland Photographic Club, by Mr. Josiah Martin, illustrated by the optical lantern. The lecturer gave a humorous description of the innumerable difficulties which beset the early visitors to the Hot Lake district. His first visit had been paid in 1876, when the first difficulty to overcome was the rooted objection of the Maori to the camera in any form. Then the almost insuperable difficulty in getting the pure water needed for the wet-plate process — difficulties of light — difficulties with provisions — rendered the task of the early photographer painfully uncertain.
Ten days unceasing rain added to troubles, and when at last good negatives were taken and developed the bottom of the plate box came out, and fragments strewed the ground. The lecturer gave his theory of the formation of the terraces, and explained the mode of silicious incrustation so characteristic of the scene. After the lecture a unanimous vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Martin, and notice given of the private exhibition of the club to be held from May 28 to June 4.