RGSSA Library Catalogue

Monday, 12 February 2018

RGSSA Event Program : 2018


Founded in Adelaide
10 July 1885


His Excellency
The Honorable Hieu Van Le AC
Governor of South Australia

The Society's Library and Office are located in the Mortlock Wing of the State Library of South Australia
North Terrace, Adelaide
South Australia

The object of the Society is to promote the understanding of geography among our members and the community.  Some of our activities include:
Coach tours, day and weekend excursions
Monthly talks on geographical topics
Publication of an annual SA Geographical Journal and bi-monthly newsletter (GeoNews)
Other occasional publications including South Australian regional guides

The Society is always interested in welcoming new members and volunteers 
Teachers: CPD certificates are available for lecture attendances
Please direct all enquiries to the Office Manager
For membership information please refer to the Society's website
also refer to our Member's Home Page

Lectures and talks are held in St Andrews Parish Centre
 43 Church Terrace, Walkerville
For the Centre, enter and park off Fuller Street car park 
NOTE: All meetings are on a Thursday at 5:30 pm unless stated otherwise
Please always check the listed venues and times with the Society

2018 Lecture Program

Thursday, 15th February
5.30 pm
St Andrew's Centre
'Towards Solutions for the River Murray'
Professor Justin Brookes

Thursday, 15th March
5.30 pm
St Andrew's Centre
'An insight into ancient cultural heritage : Easter Island and Peru' 
Joc Schmiechen

RGSSA Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 19th April
5.30 pm
St Andrew's Centre
'Dampier Archipelago : ancient wonders'
Dr Ken Mulvaney

RGSSA Awards 
Monday, 23rd April
5.30 pm
by invitation
in the presence of Governor of S.A.
Government House

Thursday, 17th May
5:30 pm
St Ignatius Hall
Corner Queen and William Street, Norwood
'Extreme events in Australia's geological past
 that you never knew existed'
 Dr Tom Raimondo

Thursday, 21st June
5.30 pm
St Andrew's Centre
'Explore with the Animals'
Professor Kris Helgen

Thursday, 19th July
5.30 pm
St Andrew's Centre
'Going Troppo : Architecture with a sense of place'
Professor Phil Harris

Thursday, 16th August
5.30 pm
St Andrew's Centre Theatre
'Reform in Australian Coastal Management'
Professor Nick Harvey

Thursday, 20th September
5.30 pm
St Andrew's Centre
'Seals of South Australia : biogeography, ecology
 and management'
Professor Simon Goldsworthy

Thursday, 18th October
5.30 pm
St Andrew's Centre
'Water management and Politics in Nepal'
Andrew Johnson PSM

Thursday, 15th November
5.30 pm
St Andrew's Centre
'Snowy Hydro : its history and renewable power generation'
Neil Thew

Thursday, 6th December
6:30 for 7:00 pm
Venue: TBA
Please mark this date in your diary

Online Lectures are available through the members portal on our website
Please also refer to our Member's Home Page

Proposed events for 2018 include:
'Fossils of the Ediacra'

May to June 2018
'Our Island Neighbours'

'Experience publishing formats from AD374'

The RBDG meets in the Society's rooms at 10:30 am 
on the 4th Thursday of the month
For further details contact the Society directly or through our website
[Please refer to previous post for all details concerning the RBDG program for 2018

 Search on 'Flinders Ranges Walks'
for this  logo in the Google App Store


In 2018, we are trying two work sessions only, each of 3 weeks.
This is because we see major work on the southern trails lessening
 and also the arrangement reduces travel to and from Adelaide.
North Flinders always requires more time.

Southern and Central Flinders
May 4-10
Mount Brown, Dutchmans Stern

May 11-22
Wilcolo, Bunyeroo Gorge, Yuluna
Aroona-Youngoona, Trezona

Dutchmans Stern Homestead, May 4-10
Oraparinna Shearers Quarters, May 11-22

Northern Flinders
June 18-6 July
Italowie, Balcanoona Creek, Monarch Mine,
Oppaminda-Nudalamutana, Acacia Ridge, Mawson-Spriggina, Bararranna,
Terrapinna Tors

At Grindell Hut, June 18-23
At Nudlamutana Hut, June 24-July 6
Dates and accommodation all confirmed

Further details can be obtained from the RGSSA's office
Tel: 08 8207 7265 or
email: admin@rgssa.org.au

See the GeoNews or contact the RGSSA's office for updates and more information
Further details for all 2018 'Program Events' will be advised in GeoNews
and through the Society's website: www.rgssa.org.au

The Library of the Society is located in the Mortlock Wing
 of the State Library of South Australia
 (pictured above)

Special Features
Rare Books:
Including twenty seven books published before 1599. The oldest is a beautifully bound version of Ptolemy's Geographia (1482). 
[Refer to previous posting of the RGSSA's Exhibition Catalogue for 2017 featuring many of the old books in the Collection including the Geographia
Geographia--title page
Over 200 manuscripts
Including a number of Australian explorer's diaries, eighteen original George French Angas watercolours and three manuscripts of Sir Joseph banks including his 1766 Newfoundland diary.

Over 800 maps: 
Including many South Australian maps which provide a record of discovery, exploration and settlement.
[Refer previous postings for examples of early SA maps, explorers and settlement history featured in last year's Exhibition: Images of the World : from Roman times to the digital age:
2017 Exhibition Catalogue : mapping the 'South Lands'
2017 Exhibition Catalogue : settlement of South Australia
2016 Exhibition Catalogue : Globalising Australia : Adelaide's role in the 19th century ]

 'Rio [de] Janeiro for the Convent of Santa Teresa', (1845) by George French Angas 
[Refer to previous posting of the Rare Book Discussion Group program for 2018 for an overview of works in the Collection by George French Angas. 'The amazing art of George French Angas' will be discussed by the Group, 22 November, 2018.]  
Including the journals of most Australian geographical, historical and Royal societies, the Linnean Society from 1791 and RGS London from 1831.

Pictorial collection:
Over 2,000 photographs, paintings and drawings including Francis Younghusband's 'lost' photographs of Tibet.

[The above photograph is one of the 'lost' photographs taken by  Lieutenant Colonel Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942). Refer to previous posting of the RGSSA's Exhibition Catalogue for 2017 featuring these photographs taken on the Younghusband Expedition, 1903-1904.]

Artefacts/ relics
Collection includes Colonel Light's brass surveying level.

Colonel William Light's 'dumpy level'
[Refer previous posting of the RGSSA's Exhibition Catalogue for 2017 featuring the history of 'Light's level']
Most Library items are catalogued on the Society's website 
at: www.rgssa.org.au/Catalogue.htm

Previous Exhibition catalogues are available from the Society's website  
at: http://www.rgssa.org.au/Exhibitions.htm

Please refer also to the Library's digital catalogue [work in progress]
at: http://rgssa.slimlib.com.au:81/


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
10.00am to 1.00pm
Email: library@rgssa.org.au
Phone: 08 8207 7266

Tues (staffed) & Thurs (on-line)
10:00am to 1:00pm
Phone: 08 8207 7265
(Answer phones 24 hrs)
Email: admin@rgssa.org.au

Website: www.rgssa.org.au

Postal address:
PO Box 3661, Rundle Mall
Adelaide S.A. 5000

All external links retrieved February, 2018
posted by Sandra Thompson
RGSSA remote cataloguer

RGSSA Event Program : 2018 Flinders Ranges, Rare book discussion group, Rare books, RGSSA bush walks, RGSSA events, RGSSA field trips, RGSSA lectures, RGSSA library 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Rare Book Discussion Group : 2018 Program

          image: The Mortlock Wing
  in the State Library of South Australia
        houses the RGSSA Collection

Meetings are held in the Society's rooms
located in the Mortlock Wing
of the State Library of South Australia

Sessions are from 10:30 am to 12 noon
Some sessions are repeated in the afternoon

Bookings are essential
and can be made through the Society's website 
or telephone (08) 8207 7266  
An entry fee applies to non members

The Society's art work

22nd February, 2018

Over the years, the Society has accumulated a large collection of wall-maps, paintings, sketches, plaques and medals. Come along to a guided tour with the Society's long-standing and very knowledgeable President, Rod Shearing, to explore these precious items.

Books written by people 
named in the streets of Adelaide

Trams pictured running along King William Street, Adelaide, early 19th century

15th March, 2018

In 2016, Dr Jeff Nicholas, produced a three-volume book containing the remarkable stories of the people named in Adelaide streets and their links to reform in 19th century Britain. In undertaking this research, he discovered that 35 of the 58 people named in the Adelaide streets are authors in their own right. This session will explore some of these books in the RGSSA's library and in Jeff's personal collection.

The Silver that turned to Gold

26th April, 2018

Stephen William Silver (1819-1905) started collecting books around 1850 when he and his brother Hugh were expanding their father's colonial outfitting business in London. Spurred by the need to waterproof items taken overseas, the brothers developed a huge India-rubber works in Woolwich and made fortunes providing insulating coating for the underground and underwater telegraph lines in the 1850s.

Silver developed two book collections: the famous one at his town house in York Gate, the other at his country estate, the Benhams, at Letcombe Regis. But, S W Silver & Co., also published their own books on colonial matters and these will be the focus of the session.

Presented by Chris Durrant
RGSSA member 

Online essay in the RGSSA Exhibition Catalogue: 'Terra Cognita', 2008
Hankel, Valmai. The York Gate Library. RGSSA website (pdf. download), February 2008 : p. 3-5. 

Catalogue of the York Gate Geographical and Colonial Library
or York Gate Library catalogue
published J.Murray : London, 1882 
RGSSA catalogue record ]

The RGSSA Manuscript Collection

24th May, 2018

In 1981, the Society published, A catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (SA Branch), which contained 179 items, such as hand-written diaries, letters, journals of expeditions, memoranda, convict records, maps, sketches and watercolours. Over 150 items have been added since 1981. Many small snippets of significant information are to be found in this series, so come along and be amazed. 

Presented by participants from the Rare Book Discussion Group

RGSSA Manuscripts Catalogue
C. R. Harris, President. RGSSA website (pdf. download), 1981.
The Library's online catalogue can be searched for manuscript items using: MS ]

 The Discovery of Gold in Australia

'Panning' by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880)

28th June, 2018

The Australian gold rushes changed the colonies by attracting people with new skills and professions who contributed to the burgeoning economy, converting a remote dependency into a country of world-wide fame. Australia's population more than tripled from 430,000 in 1851 to 1.7 million in 1871, developing the country into a multicultural society.

The Royal Geographical Society has many first-hand accounts of life on the goldfields. Personal and Government records in the form of pamphlets, maps and newspaper articles trace the social and economic changes that resulted from the vast amount of gold that was discovered. 

Presented by Sally Hanley
RGSSA member 
[For items in the Collection on this subject; search the Library's online catalogue for: Gold mines and mining Australia
Biography: Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880)
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/gill-samuel-thomas-2096 ]

Captain Charles Sturt : soldier and explorer

Captain Sturt leaving Adelaide in August, 1844
 sketched by Samuel Thomas Gill

26th July, 2018

Follow Charles Sturt (1795-1869) from the Peninsular Wars in 1813-1814 to 'The Grange' farm, built in 1840-1841. This man was responsible for England 'grabbing the western part of New Holland'.

What did he tell the Colonial Office? And what is the connection with Edward Gibbon Wakefield? How did he attain the plaque on Adelaide's North Terrace; 'Soldier and Explorer, first to chart the River Murray'. 

Presented by Jill Kerby
RGSSA member
[For several books and letters in the Collection written by Captain Sturt; search the Library's online catalogue for: Sturt, Charles
Biography: Charles Sturt (1795-1869)
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/sturt-charles-2712 ]

What makes a book 'rare'?

23rd August, 2018

Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers was established in Adelaide in March 1976, and has a large out-of-print and antiquarian stock as well as vintage photographs, manuscripts and autographs. Mick will talk about the value of books with examples from the Society's collection. He will discuss what to look for and how books become known as 'rare'. 

Presented by Michael Treloar
Antiquarian bookseller

A Journey through Medical History

27th September, 2018

Modern medicine is said to have emerged in the 16th century, prompted by the invention of printing, the enlargement of the world by exploration, renewed interest in human anatomy and other factors. But devastation was still being caused by epidemics and disease and exploration was haunted by scurvy.

What does the RGSSA collection hold to show the gradual development of medicine and other measures to improve human health? 

Presented by Mary Gabb
RGSSA member

History of Settlement in South Australia

Wednesday, 24th October, 2018
6.15 pm-7.15 pm

Surveyor General Michael Burdett will use several volumes of plans from the 1870s, covering the Principal Portions of the Settled Districts in the Province of South Australia. These plans show proposed facilities that came and went as the State's fortunes ebbed and flowed through government and private investment.

This event will be a 'sundowner' event at the special time of 6.15 pm. 

Presented by Michael Burdett 
SA Surveyor General 
[For other related reference books; search the Library's online catalogue for:
Land settlement South Australia ]

The amazing art of George French Angas

'Klemzic. A village of German settlers near Adelaide'. George French Angas. An extract from the text accompanying the illustrations reads: About three miles from Adelaide is situated the picturesque village of Klemzic, on the banks of the Torrens: it is entirely populated by one of the various bodies of Prussian Emigrants ... their houses and cultivation are in the style of their own country.
22nd November, 2018

George French Angas (1822-1886) came to South Australia as a young man in 1844.

He was an industrious artist who recorded the scenery and people he saw on his travels. These watercolour paintings were shown in London, giving a better indication of this part of the world than had been previously displayed.

He also travelled to many other parts of the world, so come and see his amazing illustrations which are usually locked away! 

Presented by Nona Verco
RGSSA member
Original watercolour paintings

'Rio [de] Janeiro for the Convent of Santa Teresa', (1845) by George French Angas 

'The Scenery of Rio Janeiro in a Series of Sketches.' [manuscript]
Angas, George French, 1822-1886
The above watercolour is one of eight 'sketches' of Rio de Janeiro by Angas, described in the RGSSA Manuscripts Catalogue, (item 1d), 1981, states; these watercolours were never published. This watercolour was first reproduced in colour in the Society's Exhibition Catalogue, 2008, and features other works by Angas.


[Also refer:
Previous blog post that features extracts from Angas' diary of his voyage to Rio de Janeiro.

Biography George French Angas (1822-1886)   
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/angas-george-french-1708 ]

Rare Book Discussion Group : 2018 Program

Sessions are from 10.30 am to 12 noon
Some sessions repeated in the afternoon
Bookings are essential
and can be made through the Society's website
or telephone (08) 8207 7266  
An entry fee applies to non members

Please visit our website at www.rgssa.org.au
RGSSA Contact details for enquires

Search the Library's online catalogue for related reference books


All external links retrieved January, 2018
posted by Sandra Thompson
RGSSA remote cataloguer