Flinders Ranges
The Location SA Map Viewer is a comprehensive suite of datasets on infrastructure, utilities, land use, water, business, industry, transport and other items. An interesting display of data in its own right. Link :- SA Map Viewer.

The book shown here is being written from the archives of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, about a "collection of 50 extraordinary people, whose lives have touched the Society in many ways". This included Sir Herbert Wilkins. The author is the writer-in-residence at the RSGS and the book will sell for 25 Pounds. The link to the RGS is:- The Great Horizon.

The RGS has a blogspot which has a series of interesting stories drawn from the Library's books by various cataloguers. Called  "From Machu Picchu to Darkest Africa at RGSSA", check it out at :-

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The Rare Book Discussion Group holds regular meetings throughout the year in the Society's rooms.  The program is in "Activities" in the main menu or can be accessed here .  The 23rd of November meeting is by various members talking about some of the books in the Specials Cabinet. The extent of the Society's collection can be found under the menu heading Library / Catalogue of Holdings.  

On trial for a while, the Society will offer 2 sessions of the same lecture at different times on the same day. These will be  at 1030 and 1300. The booking process for each session is through the same link and at the Eventbrite site attendees will be offered a choice of times. 

Welcome to the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia.

The Society

The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia (RGSSA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation for advancing geographical science and promoting public awareness and enjoyment of Geography and related topics. To this end, it provides an extensive library of antique, rare and current books, lectures on topical issues, awards to research and the study geographical subjects, and field activities.  For more information see the tab "The Society".

Academic achievements for 2016. 
The John Lewis Prizes for academic achievement in 2016 has been awarded to the following recipients:-

Adelaide University
    Laura Cattonar,
    Lauren Gallina,
    Alexandra Brooking-Carter,
Flinders University
    Aiden Ryan,
    Jacquelyn Wain,
    Byron Turner,

    Daniel Subramanian
    Christopher Shaw

The John Lewis Silver Medals for 2016 have gone to:-

Flinders University - Dr Nyda Chhinh
Adelaide University - Dr Romy Wasserman

The RGSSA Library has a wide range of books, many of which have been acquired as part of the York Gate Collection.  (see Library / Book Collections) While much of the collection is about Australiana and natural history, there are many rare books on other topics.  

The book featured here and the Display Page is "Zee Atlas" by Arnold Colom and published in 1658. This was one of the largest sea atlases of its time and had 17 maps.  It was not meant for navigation but for libraries and commercial offices.

The next lecture will most likely be on the 15th February 2018.  Date and subject will be notified when the program is confirmed.

The next event will be the Christmas dinner on the 7th of December.

For more on the lecture program see here.
New for the RGSSA — an App from Google on the walking trails.

Flinders Ranges Bush Walks had their origin in the first edition of Explore the Flinders Ranges in 1995. The physical work of installation was carried out by seasoned members of the RGS with recruits from the Friends of the Heysen Trail ('volunteered' to us by Terry Lavender). Over the following years maintenance requirements indicated a need for funding. This was achieved through the establishment of a Friends of Parks group – the Walking Trails Support Group (WTSG), which included both RGS members and other acquaintances, who wanted to be involved. Members of both groups have kept up activity and interest over 15 years. This included the provision of walk leaflets at the start of every walk, initially funded by Government, but now relying on honesty and donation. Following further disturbance of donation bollards in 2016, members of the combined group suggested the preparation of an App to cover the content of the RGS Bush Walks copyright in Explore the Flinders Ranges (Edition 2).

After 15 months of intense labour – editing, checking, building, inserting content, field testing, addressing feedback from trials – it is finally in Google Play Store, with the icon shown here. Our apologies to Apple users, there was no capacity in the group to undertake the alternative. We should point out that all this work has been done by members of the group voluntarily. If there is any RGS member who would seriously like to develop the Apple format, we would be happy to discuss the hurdles that could be encountered. WiFi is limited in the Flinders Ranges, but it is available in some locations and there are moves to extend coverage. We will suggest, on the WTSG website, that prospective visitors download before they leave WiFi access. This advice should also be included in the RGS website. Any feedback will be welcome.     Sue Barker Rob Marshall

To find it, go to the Google Store and search on "Flinders Ranges Walks" and look for the logo:-