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RGSSA and Friends of the State Library agreement on
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.
Edmund Albert Colson (1881 - 1950) was the first European to
cross the Simpson Desert, in 1936. Colson was a bushman and
explorer who became familiar with much of the north of South Australia.
In 1931 he leased Blood Creek station, north-east of Oodnadatta, from
which he launched the expedition. Photographs in the following link will
give some idea of conditions at the time.
Map of Colson's route.
Welcome to the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia.
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 Lynn Brake
For more on the lecture program see here.
Videos of past lectures can be found in the Members'
An afternoon with Valmai Hankel, AM, PSM and ABC's Peter Goers OAM.
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 :-
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
**There is a date change for the next discussion. It is now on the 3rd
of March at 1030 and titled "Where are our Rare Books?" **
Institute of Australian Geographers 2016 Conference
29 June to 1 July.
The IAG Annual Conference will return to Adelaide in 2016, and will be organised by a consortium of Flinders University, the Universities of Adelaide and South Australia,
CSIRO and the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. All venues will be in the city centre.
Our overarching theme will be frontiers of geographical knowledge. We encourage you to think creatively around this, and while not being prescriptive consider building
parallel sessions and symposia, and offering papers, around a range of topics.
The conference website is : -
We have a new Blogger - S
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.
Visit the website:- http://rgssamachupicchu.blogspot.com/