Flinders Ranges
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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 - 23rd October

The Changing State of Conservation   
Robert Fowler 

For more on the lecture program see here.

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

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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 20 November at 1030 and about German Pioneers in South Australia.

German settlement began in 1838 with the arrival of immigrants from Prussia. From 1850 until World War 1, German settlers and their descendants comprised the largest non-British or Irish group of Europeans in Australia.

People wishing to attend should book early and register through the button below.  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.   The topics covered are:-

• Histories is a series of articles giving some background on features
  in the Flinders Ranges for you to read before you venture out.
• Discoveries are shorter items on a variety of topics which may
  capture your interest.
• Drives provide opportunities for a broad overview of Flinders
  landscapes where you may find places to which you want to
  return, to explore on foot either the bush or towns
• Town Walks contains maps and notes for nine large and small
  towns in the region.
• Bush Walks takes you on self-guiding trails with maps and notes
  into 16 locations in the Flinders from south to north.
• Gazetteer gives descriptions of most places you will come across
  as you travel around the region. Places are listed in alphabetical
  order. You will find it useful for extra details as you explore.
• More Things to Do and Accommodation provide useful websites
  and suggestions to help your exploration.
• Reference and Special Interest covers things to do, provides full
  lists of plants and animals you may encounter. There is additional
  information for geologists.
• Further Reading contains some of the items consulted in the
  preparation of this book.
• The Bush and Country Code (Back cover flap) gives some useful
  hints on caring for your surroundings.




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.