2020: RGSSA Event program

the object of the Society 
is to promote the understanding of geography
among its members and the community

         some of our activities include:
 Day and weekend excursions 

RGSSA Outback Tour--photograph taken at Andamooka, South Australia, October 23, 2019

Andamooka opal fields : the geology of the precious stones
Department of Mines & Energy Geological Survey of South Australia, 1979.
69 pages : illustrations (some colour), diagrams, maps (1 col. in pocket)
Call Number: rga 559.4238 A543 b 1979
Also refer :

Monthly lectures on geographical topics
Selected lectures are available on our YouTube channel

Annual online SA Geographical Journal
Bi-monthly newsletter, GeoNews
Occasional publications including:
South Australian regional tourism guides
  Flinders Ranges Bush Walks 
 Annual Maintenance Program

     Walks, like most assets, require regular upkeep 
In 2020, we are offering 3 x 2-week sessions to assist on this program:

Southern Flinders Ranges
4th to 15th May (returning on 16th May)
Based in Quorn working on Mt Brown and Dutchman

Central Flinders Ranges
8th to 15th June (returning on 19th June)
Based at Oraparinna in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, working in the park.

Northern Flinders Ranges
20th July to 30th July (returning on 31 July)
Based at Vulkathunha in the Gammon Ranges National Park, working in the park, Arkaroola and north.

For maps and navigation of the Flinders Ranges
download the RGSSA App: 'Flinders Ranges Walks'
from the Google app store
The Society provides accommodation in well-kitted-out shearers' quarters
with good ablution and kitchen facilities available at all sites.

Please note that you need to provide your own food.

• bring bedding; including a mattress cover and generally you will have your own room
• a minimum of five days is necessary to become familiar with your activity
• subject to availability there may be help with transport

Activities are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
This includes plenty of walking to and from your work site; checking markers, and working on tracks.
We try to match activities to your physical capacity.

All equipment is provided but you need a day pack, warm clothes, good solid footwear,
a hat and wet weather gear.

Please contact the Society’s Office for more information.

RGSSA Outback Tour--photograph taken at Andamooka, South Australia, October 23, 2019

                              Monthly Meetings
                                Lectures are held in St Andrews Parish Centre
                                                  43 Church Terrace Walkerville
                                    For access, enter and park off Fuller Street
                                  All lectures are held on a Thursday at 5:30 pm
                                 Changes of venues and times are noted below
Monthly notifications and details of upcoming lecture meetings are posted on our Facebook page
'Upcoming Lectures' are broadcast on the Society's website
Also refer to information on the
Lecture Program page
Selected lectures are available on our 

February: Thursday 20th
'South Australia – Satellites & Technology'             
Dr Matthew Trelow

[March: Thursday 19th] 
Please note that this lecture was cancelled in the interests of community health.
All future lectures are cancelled until further notice.  
Refer to our Facebook page

'Smiths' Flight – England to Australia'             
Lainie Anderson
April: Thursday 16th            
'Black Rats – Nature’s Best Hitchhikers – How did they spread around the World?'             
Dr Steve Donnellan
This lecture is preceded by the RGSSA Annual General Meeting

Also in April
The RGSSA Awards are held at Government House
in the presence of the Governor of S.A. at 5.00 pm
 Date to be announced
May: Thursday 14th 
'How changing climate and long term drought is challenging water management and Farmers across the Murray Darling Basin'      
Fiona Simpson, National Farmers’ Federation   
June: Thursday 18th 
'Raja Ampat & the Bird’s Head Peninsula, coastal New Guinea – Green Turtles'              
Dr Geoffrey Gearhart

cover image:
RGSSA Event Program 2020
Sturt's Desert Pea: floral emblem of South Australia
Specimen at the Adelaide Botanic Garden--photograph taken by RGSSA member, 22nd October 2019
pamphlet available to view online

July: Thursday 16th 
'The Australian Dog Fence'
BROCK LECTURE presented by
Carolyn Ireland  

August: Thursday 20th 
'Don’t Leave a Tap Dripping – Australia’s Feral Camels'
Pamela Rajkowski OAM
September: Thursday 17th
'Youth & Well Being in Timor Leste: Opportunities & Challenges for the 
Nation Building Process' 
Assoc. Professor Udoy Sakie
October: Thursday 15th
'Dingo Research'
Greg Campbell

November: Thursday 19th 
'Easter Island & Peru'           
Joc Schmeichen          

Further information regarding lecture content is emailed to members closer to the event.
Some lectures are available online on our Youtube channel

December: Thursday 3rd
6:30 for 7:00pm
Venue: TBA - Adelaide


The RGSSA at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens--photograph taken October 22, 2019.

Proposed events include:   
                                      Tour and Excursions TBA
                             Exhibition May to June 2020: 
                   'Captain Cook 1765-1779' 
                       [Marking 250 years since Cook's arrival in 1770]

Special Events
Rare Book Discussion Group
Meets on 4th Thursday of each month
at 10:30 am in the Society rooms
For further information and to make online bookings please refer to the Society's website

the Library
The above image shows an example of our beautiful Gould bird books
Call Number: rgsp 598.2 G697 1833 c  
The Library's Collection consists of a unique set of resources
as outlined on the Society's website
The Society is always interested in welcoming new members
and volunteers
Please refer to the membership information on our website
Contact the Office Manager for any enquiries

Educators can obtain CPD certificates for lecture attendances

Please check for updated information regarding all Program Events for 2019
in the GeoNews or on the Society's website
All external links retrieved December, 2019
posted by Sandra Thompson
RGSSA remote cataloguer


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