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This tattoo on Helen Malanda, a geology postgraduate student, is the cross section of the final project for her Structural Geology course.  (Structural Geology blog Jan 2012)
Exhibition " Our Island Neighbours".

Come and explore with your Society the latest exhibition for South Australia’s History Month. The display is open in our rooms in the Mortlock Wing throughout May 2018 Tuesday to Friday 10am to 1pm, and, Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th from 10 am to 4 pm. A copy of the flyer can be found under the menu path Geographical Heritage > Exhibitions.
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.

For the moment the RGS has 2 blogspots made up of a series of interesting stories drawn from the Library's books by various cataloguers. The new one is rgssa.blogspot.com.au. The original one -   "From Machu Picchu to Darkest Africa at RGSSA", http://www.rgssamachupicchu.blogspot.com.au/ is still accessable, but will be removed some time in the future.

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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 discussion on the 23rd of August will be "What makes a book 'rare' " by Michael Treloar of Antiquarian Booksellers.

The extent of the Society's collection can be found under the menu heading Library / Catalogue of Holdings.  

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".

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.

Next lecture:- 16th August 2018. 

Past, Present and Future of the Adelaide Water Supply
by Richard Clark.

For more on the lecture program see here.