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Blogspot -  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.  An historical reference volume in the Library's catalogue on real-life pirates is by Captain Charles Johnson: A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious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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Institute of Australian Geographers 2016 Conference
Adelaide  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.  

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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 April / May edition of GeoNews is out now.  See GeoNews page for contents.

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 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 - 16th June 2016

Brock lecture - Those Dry-Stone Walls: Stories from South Australia's Stone Age by Bruce Munday

For more on the lecture program see here.

The Awards Ceremony - 20th July at 5.00 pm
Presentation of awards for the top students of geography from the schools and universities of South Australia, in the ballroom at Government House. Bookings through the office by cob 13th of May.
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 June 23rd meeting is on Mathew Flinders.