Flinders Ranges
Visitors will be able to view old maps, some wonderful versions of book-binding  and decoration for books of the 19th century. We have a display of some of our original and facsimile maps, featuring Africa, from as early as the 13th century with some informative background information to support these. Participants will learn a little about the geography, cultural groups and dangers encountered by the intrepid explorers and missionaries, mostly British as this reflects the strengths of our York Gate and Benham Collections. A discovery tour will be offered of the Top Gallery, rarely available to the public, where stories and pictures will enlighten students to African discoveries of the 19th century. Family and school groups welcome; lecture tours will also be offered. Bookings required for groups only.  For more information ...

Exhibition in the Society's Rooms.

Out of Africa : 19th Century Exploration and Adventure.  Time travel to an era of adventure and quests in the African continent. 

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Welcome to the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia.

The Society

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 Events - 18 September

Global Climate Change: expanding the past and predicting the future  by  Tom Wigley

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

“Ozone layer on track for recovery”   reads this article originally from The Times London. It goes on to say that in some rare good news for the environment the UN has declared the Earth’s damaged ozone layer is on track for recovery by mid-century.

 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 18 September at 1030 and about Early Mapping and South Australian Development.

This session will concentrate on the early publications and maps of South Australia, incorporating settlement as seen through the eyes of the Colonization Commissioners, and Home Office in London.

How was the City of Adelaide, and the Province of South Australia surveyed by Colonel Light and land allocated? How did settlement of the Colony develop until Federation? View the exquisite illustrations of George French Angas, published in 1847, and brought up from the Rare Books Room specifically for this meeting.

People wishing to attend should book early and register through the button below.  A Gold coin donation from non-members.

Eventbrite - RGSSA Rare Book Discussion Group
Please Note: The session topics
for the 18th of September and the
16th of October have been swapped.


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 a book "Portfolio of illustrations of the North American Indians" by  George Catlin, 1796 - 1872.  The following link will take you to some other copies from the portfolio.

Plate from the Portfolio of Illustrations of the North American Indians.
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