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RGSSA and Friends of the State Library agreement on publications.

The RGSSA and the Friends of the State Library (FSL) now have a reciprocal arrangement that allows members to buy books from each other's publication list at members prices.  See the Publications page for the link to the FSL publications page.

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 "LYCETT'S SKETCHES". Views in Australia, or New South Wales, and Van Diemen's Land delineated, in fifty views, with descriptive letterpress, dedicated by permission to ... Earl Bathurst. Publisher: J. Souter, London, 1824. Joseph Lycett (1774-1825) was one of Australia's earliest convict artists. (Convicted for forgery) He was artist to Governor Macquarie and after being pardoned travelled N.S.W. and Tasmania widely in 1819. He left for England in 1822, where many of his sketches of Australia were produced. The sketches depicted Australia with a certain 'Englishness'. .  The following link will take you to some other  pictures from the book.

                  Illustrations from Lycett's book on scenes from New South Wales.

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 Lecture - 18th February 2016

"Great Artesian Bore Capping" by Lynne Brake

For more on the lecture program see here.
Videos of past lectures can be found in the Members' section.

An afternoon with Valmai Hankel, AM, PSM and ABC's Peter Goers.            7th April 2016

This event will be held in the Hetzel Theatre on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide at 2.00 pm.   The theatre will hold about 100 people and bookings can be made through this link :-

Eventbrite - RGSSA Rare Book Discussion Group
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  25th of February at 1030 and and is titled Where are our Rare Books?.  People will be able to view the specials cabinet (where we meet) in the upstairs gallery - and then visit the Rare Books Room in the basement of the State Library, where our rarest books are housed.

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Blogspot - We have a new Blogger - Sandra Thompson, who is our cataloguer and has put together this blog on pirates. Fascination with pirates has inspired classic fiction and continues to provide contemporary popular culture with inspiration for movie scripts and video games. Among the subjects you would expect to find in the Library's geographical catalogue are nontraditional subjects including books on pirates. For academic research and general reading, they provide primary sources of biographical information on real-life pirates and deal with historical events of piracy. Pirates became infamous after being captured and brought to trial. The court proceedings of these trials were published to an enthusiastic readership in newspapers, journals, and books and into legend. An historical reference volume in the Library's catalogue on real-life pirates is by Captain Charles Johnson: A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates, originally published in 1724. In gruesome detail, the volume depicts the lives and exploits of murderous pirates of the day. Many historians suggest that Johnson was actually Daniel Defoe, the author of Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719. For those interested in reading about real-life adventure some of the Library's books tell of expeditions in the hunt for actual pirate treasure. An excellent example was written by a remarkable British Army officer who reveals the facts about pirates are indeed stranger than fiction.  

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