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

Recognition

Recognise and reward achievements in geography

Commemoration

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

Benham Bookcase

23 February 2023 | 10:30 am

Rare Books Group

Where's Mary in the manuscript drawer?

Did you hear about Mary who hid in the filing cabinet drawer?

I believe that she might have been quite contrary!

But - which Mary - which drawer?

Colonel William Light

23 March 2023 | 10:30 am

Rare Books Group

Shining light on Light

Field Trip to Adelaide Town Hall to discover their treasures relating to Colonel William Light

Forest Flora 3

27 April 2023 | 10:30 am

Rare Books Group

The Forest Flora of South Australia

The Forest Flora of South Australia, published 1883-1890, with special reference to artist Rosa Fiveash.

PS Marion

3 May 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.

Exterior of state library of south australia

25 May 2023 | 10:30 am

Rare Books Group

Matthew Flinders and his books

Matthew Flinders: books that he read, books that he wrote, and books that he inspired in his afterlife.

Exterior of state library of south australia

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.