The Magazine of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia.

The Society regularly publishes two periodicals.  The South Australian Geographical Journal is published every year and contains research papers on the geography of South Australia.  GeoNews is the other. Both magazines are provided to members as part of the membership.  GeoNews


GeoNews is published four times a year, and has articles on South Australia and Society events.  Copies of the previous year's editions can be viewed on the Members' page.

The first issue of GeoNews features the story of William Coulthard and his tragic death in 1858 while exploring west of Port Augusta. His last poignant thoughts, before succumbing to thirst, are scratched on the side of his water canteen. The canteen is housed in the Society’s relic collection.  Other issues of GeoNews include articles on many notable people including Madigan, Hurley, Todd, Stuart etc. as well as those of lesser fame. Reference to May 2000 issue will lead to a series on women travellers in Australia.

Contents of the January 2018 edition

President's file.
From the Editor
RGSSA Christmas dinner presentation
Recognition of 50 years continuous membership
Summaries of recent lectures
Upcoming lectures
Museum visit to Ngurra exhibition
Summaries of recent Rare Book Discussions
Volunteers Luncheon
New members
Mount Horrocks Historical Society Inc - Special event

GeoNews article enquiries should be directed to the library to

Submitting Articles.    Many of the contributions from members have been outstanding and cover both current and historical topics allied to geography in the broadest sense.   The editor can be contacted via

GeoNews Index

GeoNews was first published in 1994 and there is now a large index of over 7,000 entries, which can be searched and is printable as a PDF (500+ pp).      Click here to view the database index .

Examples of searches:-

McKilllop, Mary,                   7      (Blessed Maria Ellen MacKillop (January 15, 1842 -
                                                   August 8, 1909) was an Australian Roman Catholic nun,
                                                   who together with Father J.T. Woods founded the
                                                   Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.)

McDouall-Stuart, John,        20      (John Mc Douall-Stuart was the first European person to successfully cross
                                                   Australia from North to South and return safely with all expedition members.

Mallee                                30      (Mallee, the name given to areas of Australian bush comprising woody plants
                                                   that grow with multiple stems from underground lignotubers.)

Flinders, Matthew,              31      (Captain Matthew Flinders the first English navigator to successfully map the
                                                   the southern coast of Australia, (1802-3.)
 (Due to the nature of the index, single word or single phrase searches are the best ways of retrieving all references)

Site Map