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
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.
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 Events - 18 September
Global Climate Change: expanding the past and predicting the
by Tom Wigley
For more on the lecture program see here.
Videos and audio copies of past lectures will be found in the Members
Geography in the News
“Crop to defy Goyder’s line"
heads a report from Nigel Austin who describes how a wheat crop in the lee of Yourainbulla Range near Hawker has been planted well north of the famous line.
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
18 September at 1030 and about Early Mapping and South
The photographic process was in vogue by the 1850s and we have many shots of
early Adelaide and the country areas. People wishing to attend should
book early and register through the button below. A Gold coin donation from
Please Note: The session topics
18th of September and the
October have been swapped.
- "The new blog just posted,
is on Rio de Janeiro over 100 years ago before the tourist trade discovered it, is written &
researched by Sandra Thompson our "distance cataloguer" from NSW, who is a great supporter of the RGSSA Library.
She focuses on "The beautiful Rio de Janeiro" by Alured Gray Bell, published in 1904, with an interesting sidelight on George French Angas's visit there.
This and other blogs are based on 19th Century books held in the Society's collections.
Visit the website:-
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.