Level 3 Mortlock Wing State Library of South Australia North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000

Our purpose

Public Awareness

Advance public awareness of, and interest in, geography and related disciplines, including environmental issues

Geographical Science

Encourage research and scholarship in geography


Recognise and reward achievements in geography


Commemorate past achievements of significance to geography

The Society is custodian of an extensive library of antique, rare and current books and maps. Amongst its various activities the Society organises lectures on topical issues, publishes a scholarly journal, recognises contributions to geography through an active awards program, and convenes an active field activities program.

The RGSSA welcomes professional geographers, geography graduates, and all those with an enthusiasm for geography, travel and exploration to join.

Quick Links

Sharing our unique historical perspective to a digital age; through the pages of the RGSSA's rare collection of books, maps, photographs, artworks and historical relics

RGSSA Library

The RGSSA Library contains over 25,000 volumes and is one of the most significant collections of rare geographical books and manuscripts in Australia.

Awards & Research

The Society supports a number of awards and prizes to promote geographical education and research, and to recognise members’ efforts. 

Upcoming Lectures & Events

19th Century Kaurna language

15 June 2023 | 5:30 pm

Monthly Lecture

Aboriginal languages - including transcription by missionaries

Rob's talk will discuss the Aboriginal language families of Australia, the impact of colonisation, the important role of missionaries, and the modern reclamation of some of these languages  particularly the Kaurna language of the Adelaide plains

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22 June 2023 | 10:30 am

Rare Books Group

The Society's Pamphlet collection

Explore some of the Society's large collection of pamphlets on a diverse range of topics.

Kimberley coast

17 August 2023 | 5:30 pm

Monthly Lecture

The Kimberley coast

Following the hugely popular lecture on Kimberley rock art in March, Sandy will take us on a journey to the Kimberley coast.

PS Marion

24 September 2023 | 8:00 am

Trips & Tours

A Day Cruise on the PS 'Marion'

An exciting and nostalgic cruise aboard the heritage paddle steamer PS ‘Marion’ from Swan Reach to Walkers Flat.