Members at our 2007 BBQ

Naturalists' Society

Cymdeithas Naturiaethwr



150 Years Old, and still active
Additional information supporting the exhibition in the Cardiff Story Museum


in 2017 the Cardiff Naturalists' Society is celebrating it's 150th Anniversary and we have an exhibition at the Cardiff Story Museum

These pages are provided to give additional information we were not able to fit in the exhibition.

The Logo above is one that was re-descovered by members of the society when researching for this exhibition. In that format it was as an embossed letterhead. It has been digitized and coloured by CNS member and accomplished artist Rhian Kendall and is being used again for the first time in over 100 years

The 2017 Annual General meeting of the Society was held on September 11th, which is precisely 150 years since the first meeting.

At this Meeting Andy Kendall (113th President) and Mike Dean (Current Secretary) presented a display of the pictures, information and fascintating stories discovered by them and Stephen Howe (110th President) during the researching of the history for the exhibition

Robert Drane our Founder and 24th President

T.H. Thomas, Artist, Naturalist and 16th President

Eleanor Vachell, Pioneer Female Botanist and 64th President

Mary E Gillham, A Dedicated Naturalist and 96th President

Colonel H. Morrey Salmon, Nature Photographer and 72nd President

The Society Today

The Society Library

See our Full list of Presidents

Other Pictures from our Archive

Pictures on these pages unless otherwise credited are from Morray Salmon, Dr Mary Gillham, Andy Kendall but mostly from unknown members of the society, or copies of information from the society and related archives.

The pages above were provided for the exhibition. These additional pages added since the exhibition opening provide information that we have sourced and collated regarding a number of our early presidents. inspired by the sucessful reception of the Exhibition at the Cardiff Story Museum, it is intended to continue this effort through our 150th year

William Adams First President

Franklin G Evans Second President

John Walter Lukis Third and 5th President

William Taylor 4th President

Col. Thomas Picton Turbervill 6th President

Henry Heywood 7th and 14th President

Louis Tylor 8th President

Clement Waldron 9th President

George E. Robinson 10th President

William Galloway (later Sir William Galloway) 11th President

Peter Price the founder of the Free Library and 12th President

Charles Tanfield Vachell 13th, 19th and 26th President

Principal John Viriamu Jones 15th President

William Ronnfeldt 17th President

John Gavey (later Sir John Gavey) 18th President

Charles Whitmell 20th President

Edwin Seward 21st President

Robert William Atkinson 22nd and 54th President

Rev. Canon Charles James Thompson 23rd President

John Tatham Thompson 25th President

Prof. William Newton Parker 27th President

Joshua John Neale 28th and 45th President

Charles Henry James 29th President

Donald Rose Paterson 30th and 52nd President

Thomas William Proger 31st and 55th President

Philip Rhys Griffiths 32nd President

Principal Ernest Howard Griffiths 33rd President

Prof. John Berry Haycraft 34th President

Principal Albert Howard Trow 35th President

Archibald Brown 36th President

Ven. Archdeacon David Davies 37th President

William Savage Boulton 38th President

Alfred William Sheen 39th President

Edgar Philip Perman 40th President

John W. Rodger 41st President

Howard Mountjoy Hallett 42nd President

John Grimes 43rd President

Andy Kendall 113th President

Linda E Nottage 114th President

Key research source links used throughout these pages include the following: -

Useful links are: -

Welsh Newspapers Online

Welsh Journals including our transactions

Dictionary of Welsh Biography

Glamorgan Archives

The Gazette

The excellent scanned archives maintained by the National Library of Wales have been invaluable in providing primary sources for many things which otherwise I have not been able to find confirmation of, and have allowed the presidental history pages to be rounded out from the often limited obituaries that we have in our transactions. Another excellent resource is the Glamorgan Archives where we have deposited many of our historical documents for safe keeping for the future.