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Rare Book Discussion Group

Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Rare Book Discussion Group

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RGSSA Members Ended Free $0.00
Non-Members Ended $10.00 $0.00
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 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.

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.

Have questions about Rare Book Discussion Group? Contact Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

When & Where

Mortlock Wing
State Library of SA
North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000

Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

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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 or drop in to the RGSSA office in the Mortlock wing of the State Library of South Australia.

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