The RGS has a blogspot which has a series of interesting stories drawn
from the Library's books by various cataloguers. Called "From
Machu Picchu to Darkest Africa at RGSSA", check it out at :-
Exhibition in the Mortlock Library.
The Society has drawn on its achives to put on an ehibition called
"Globalising Australia - Adelaide's Role in the 19th Century.
Challenging Communications, from 1836". This looks at all forms of
communication by private enterprise and Government over a period of great
advances in technology.
Mortlock Library, Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 1pm.
Catalogue can be seen here.
The Rare Book Discussion Group
meetings throughout the year in the Society's rooms. The program is
" in the main menu or can be accessed
. The 23rd March meeting is on Shipwrecks, lighthouses and lifeboats in Australian waters,
by Chris Durant.
The extent of the Society's collection can be found under the menu heading Library / Catalogue
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".
Lewis Prizes for 2015. The John Lewis Prizes for
academic achievement in 2015 were recently awarded at a ceremony at
Government House. The recipients were:-
Issa Al Shamli,
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.
The book featured here and the Display Page is "Birds of Australia"
by John Gould. One of the few copies to have made it here.
Picture of one of the plates from the book
Coming Lecture -
16th March 2017
Shorebird Conservation in the Adelaide Region
by Tony Flaherty
For more on the lecture program see here.
New for the RGSSA — an App from Google
Flinders Ranges Bush Walks had their origin in the first edition of Explore the Flinders Ranges in 1995. The physical work of installation was carried out by seasoned members of the RGS with recruits from the Friends of the Heysen Trail ('volunteered' to us by Terry Lavender).
Over the following years maintenance requirements indicated a need for funding. This was achieved through the establishment of a Friends of Parks group – the Walking Trails Support Group (WTSG), which included both RGS members and other acquaintances, who wanted to be involved.
Members of both groups have kept up activity and interest over 15 years. This included the provision of walk leaflets at the start of every walk, initially funded by Government, but now relying on honesty and donation. Following further disturbance of donation bollards in 2016, members of the combined group suggested the preparation of an App to cover the content of the RGS Bush Walks copyright in Explore the Flinders Ranges (Edition 2).
After 15 months of intense labour – editing, checking, building, inserting content, field testing, addressing feedback from trials – it is finally in Google Play Store, with the icon shown here. Our apologies to Apple users, there was no capacity in the group to undertake the alternative.
We should point out that all this work has been done by members of the group voluntarily. If there is any RGS member who would seriously like to develop the Apple format, we would be happy to discuss the hurdles that could be encountered.
WiFi is limited in the Flinders Ranges, but it is available in some locations and there are moves to extend coverage. We will suggest, on the WTSG website, that prospective visitors download before they leave WiFi access. This advice should also be included in the RGS website.
Any feedback will be welcome. Sue Barker
To find it, go to the Google Store and search
on "Flinders Ranges Walks" and look for the logo:-