Flinders Ranges
Kathy's Blogspot - Next blog on Discovering Asia is "The stolen East Indian "Rutters": How the Dutch Broke the Portuguese trade monopoly" . 

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The RGSSA Library has a wide range of books, many of which have been acquired as part of the York Gate Collection.  (see Library / Book Collections) While much of the collection is about Australiana and natural history, there are many rare books on other topics.  Featured here is John Gould’s beautiful hand coloured book "The Birds of Australia (Vol.5)".  The following link will take you to some other  pictures from the book.

                  Illustration from John Gould's  book on birds.
Winnecke's emigration  records, his education and training during the 1870s, that these experiences eventually resulted in the addition of a large volume of geographical information to the Australian records of our 'Outback'. Winnecke surveyed extensively in the Northern Territory and Western Queensland and took part or led several expeditions; (by 1892 Winnecke was surveying Semaphore). Notable however was Winnecke's involvement in the May to July 1894 privately funded Horn Scientific Exploring Expedition west from Alice Springs into Central Australia. The publication of the Horn expedition records raged for several years afterwards. The book details the effort required to mount surveys and expeditions at that time and includes diary entries and correspondence and relationship issues with expedition members. Included in the book is a wide selection of correspondence including Winnecke’s liaison with the Royal Geographical Society of S.A. and includes Winnecke’s intriguing Leichhardt records from the field. During 1901-1902 Winnecke was surveying Tarcoola for mineral deposit surveys. Winnecke died at Hindmarsh and is buried at West Terrace Cemetery.
Charles George Alexander Winnecke (1855-1902)
by Bruce W Strong RGSSA 2014.  Soft cover 164pp includes appendix, photos, maps and index RRP $19.95, Members $15.95

This accurate work of the life and achievements of one of the well known Central Australia explorers was researched by Bruce Strong. Bruce has published this book at his own expense with all proceeds being applied to the Society’s aims. Bruce demonstrates that through
About Time History Talk - The Peregrinations of Father Tenison-Woods in SE Asia 1883 to 1886.   Dr Roderick O'Brien will present a special History Week talk on Father Tenison-Woods who undertook scientific studies around Singapore and travelled extensively throughout SE Asia.

Eventbrite - about-time-history-talk-peregrinations-of-father-tenison-woods-in-se-asia-registrationThe lecture will be in the Mortlock Wing
of the State Library on Tuesday 5th May. 
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The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia (RGSSA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation for advancing geographical science and promoting public awareness and enjoyment of Geography and related topics. To this end, it provides an extensive library of antique, rare and current books, lectures on topical issues, awards to research and the study geographical subjects, and field activities.  For more information see the tab "The Society".

Coming Lecture- 21st May 2015

Saudi Arabia: expatriate life, by John Seaton. 

For more on the lecture program see here.

Videos and audio copies of past lectures will be found in the Members section.

Geography in the News

A 3.5-billion year old Pilbara find is not the oldest fossil: so what is it?  Around 25 years ago, UCLA palaeontologist James William Schopf discovered tiny filaments preserved within a silica-rich rock. These were interpreted as the fossilised remains of primitive filamentous bacteria and thus thought to constitute the earliest known evidence for life on Earth, dated at 3.46 billion years old.    More on this article and others like it here...

The Rare Book Discussion Group holds regular meetings throughout the year in the Society's rooms.  The program is in "Activities" in the main menu or can be accessed here.  The next discussion is on the  28th of May at 1030 and about Bookbinding.  Why have books this age survived the constant use over the years, come along and find out more as valuable volumes are examined and the mechanics of the bindings explained by an expert conservator.

This event is free for members of RGSSA.
Others are welcome to attend and tickets
are available for $10 a person.  The RGSSA welcomes new members
who wish to contribute to the Society's success.


The Society has reprinted the popular book "Explore the Flinders Ranges" with over two hundred pages in colour and some black & white archival images. The book explains the cultural and natural histories of the region as you experience them in your travels. Fascinating geological history is easily seen and explained as are the diverse plants and animals which inhabit these largely arid hills. There is plenty of evidence in art and stories of the long history of the Aborigines; the short period of European colonisation shows in many landscapes. The Flinders is a place to pause and admire. Purchasing can done here