Flinders Ranges
About Time History Talk: The Peregrinations of Father Julian Tenison-Woods - Journeys through SE Asia 1883 to 1886.  Dr Roderick O'Brien from the University of South Australia will present this special History Week talk. Tuesday 5th May at 1030 in the Mortlock wing.  
Bookings can be made here..         Copy of the leaflet here....

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
Sir Hubert Wilkins -    Some interest has developed around  Sir Hubert Wilkins following the recent discovery of memorabilia in the USA.  An interest group has been created and anyone wishing to become involved should contact Dr Stephen Carthew on 0411 518 464 or email scarthew@gmail.com .

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Coming Events - 16 April 2015

Australian Manufacturing: history leading to future strategy by Graham Spurling

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

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"Largest Meteorite Ever?". Australian scientists have uncovered what is believed to be the largest asteroid impact zone ever found on Earth, in central Australia.   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 26th of March at 1030 and about John McDouall-Stuart.  This discussion will show some of the original records and relics of one of Australia's most successful expedition leaders held with the Society and include some interesting verbal accounts.

Members wishing to attend should book early through
the following link.  A Gold coin donation from non-members.

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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



Kathy's Blogspot - 2nd blog on "Discovering Asia: Discovering the East Indies" has been posted.  The focus this time is on Magellan - a new way across the "Peaceful Ocean".

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 the book "Salt's Views India Ceylon Abyssinia. &c".  The following link will take you to some other  pictures from the book.

                           Frontispiece from the book.