Flinders Ranges
“The Extraordinary Life of Sir Sidney Kidman

A pictorial exhibition is at the Institute Room, Institute Building, State Library North Terrace, Adelaide.  Opening hours 10 am – 5 pm daily. From the 6th June – 25th July 2014 Free admission.
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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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 - 24th July

10.30 Tour of the RGSSA Library and Treasures Wall (optional lunch at Aroma Cafe).
2.00 Lecture - "Misunderstood Dinosaurs" by Dr Paul Willis.

For more on the lecture program see here.

Geography in the News

"Fracking is by far the cheapest way to tackle climate change."   An article by Bjorn Blomberg discusses the crucial connection between CO2 emissions, economic growth and gas for energy generation.    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 17th July at 1030 and about the French Maritime Explorers 1772 - 1801. 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.

      Edward William Lane's line drawing from his book.

Kathy's Blogspot - "An account of the manners and customs of the modern Egyptians: written in Egypt during the years 1833-1835".  The book has meticulously detailed descriptions of all aspects of the daily life, manners, habits, customs, and costumes of the largely Muslim Arab Egyptians of the time, documenting a way of life which according to the author's biographer was already vanishing by mid-century. The author's line drawings (sample attached) are also interesting. This and other blogs are based on 19th Century books held in the Society's collections.   Visit the website:- http://rgssamachupicchu.blogspot.com/

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 of "Egypt and Nubia" by  G Belzoni.  The following link will take you to some copies of the plates in the book. More.....
Cover of the book "Egypt and Nubia".
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