The Contribution of Germans to
19th Century Australia
27th April 2017
Germany has never been a major player in the age of Colonialism and Imperialism. Yet there were German mariners, explorers, discoverers and researchers almost everywhere in the world.
Leichardt is certainly the best known in Australia but there were several more albeit less prominent Germans in British service in Australia working as Naturalists, Astronomers, Geologists or Missionaries from the days of Captain Cook up to the 20th century.
Find out what brought Johann Forster, Friedrich Gerstaecker, Christian C Ruemker and others to these shores and how they have contributed to the development of Australia.
The Rare Book Discussion Group meetings are held in a small group environment (maximum of 24) and draw on the resources of the internationally acclaimed library collection of the Royal Geographical Society of SA. Why not join us and get up close to this wonderful collection?
This event is free for members of the RGSSA. Non-members are welcome to attend and tickets are available for $10 per person. Book on line through this site. The RGSSA welcomes new members who wish to make a contribution to the success of the Society.
When & Where
Royal Geographical Society of South Australia
The inaugural meeting of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia was held in the Adelaide Town Hall on the 22nd October 1885. The founders of the RGSSA set ambitious goals for the Society, sponsoring outback expeditions and purchasing treasures to set in place the foundation of a great library collection. They established a tradition that has been a source of inspiration for members for over one hundred years.
The founders saw the Society taking on an educational role, disseminating knowledge by means of public lectures, publications, and the collection of records for research. That a small volunteer society could achieve so much may be surprising, but it is indicative of the enthusiasm and dedication of its members.
Members of the public are welcome to participate in Society activities. Please visit our web site www.rgssa.org.au or drop in to the RGSSA office in the Mortlock wing of the State Library of South Australia.