Ethnologist S. Percy Smith sent out this circular in June 1891 calling for the formation of a Polynesian Society. The society would be dedicated to studying and publishing information on the 'Oceanic races'. Smith was convinced that information on Polynesian traditions was rapidly disappearing and needed to be recorded. The Polynesian Society was founded at a meeting in Wellington on 8 June 1892. In the 2010s the society continued to be a major organisation for Pacific anthropologists, and its journal, first published in 1892, was still produced quarterly.
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