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the Society's desert explorers

image: 'Unloading camels at Port Augusta', South Australia, c. 1893--
Collections, State Library of South Australia

It is perhaps fitting for the first post on our new blog site to reference the Society's first meeting in 1885 and quote from the pages of the RGSSA's own publication known as 'The Proceedings'. The Society's meetings (sessions) were first published in 1886 when we were officially known as the Geographical Society of Australasia.

The 'Proceedings' are littered with true accounts of heroic rescue, survival and death in the desert.

Actual discussions, opinion pieces and debates at the Society's early meetings about desert exploration in Australia are brought to life in the Proceedings. The 'applause' and 'cheers' from those present are recorded in the text; transporting the reader back into the Society's rooms with the desert explorers of the late 19th century.
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