Rare Book Discussion Meetings



The meetings will normally be held on every 4th Thursday in the month, in the Society's rooms. These will be from 1030 to 1200 and some sessions may be repeated in the afternoon. Bookings will be through the link below  at the Eventbrite site. If a second session is offered the times will be shown there.

The program for 2017 / 2018 is below.   This event is free for members of the RGSSA. Non-members are welcome to attend and tickets are available for $10 per person. The RGSSA welcomes new members who wish to make a contribution to the success of the society.  There is a limit of 24 people at each meeting. To ensure a place please book through the following link :-
Eventbrite - RGSSA Rare Book Discussion Group
26th April The Silver that turned to Gold.


S William Silver started collecting books around 1850, when he and his brother Hugh were expanding their father's colonial outfitting business in London. Spurred by the need for to waterproof items taken overseas, the brothers developed a huge India-rubber works in Woolwich and made fortunes providing insulating coating for the for the underground and underwater telegraph lines in the 1850's. Apart from collecting books S W Silver & Co. also published their own books on colonial matters and these will be the focus of the discussion.
24th May RBDG Participants The RGSSA Mansucript Collection
28th June The Discovery of Gold in Australia


The Australian gold rushes changed the colonies by attracting people with new skills and professions who contributed to the burgeoning economy, converting a remote dependency into a country of world-wide fame. Australia's population more than tripled from 430,000 in 1851 to 1.7 million in 1871, developing the country into a multicultural society.
26th July Captain Charles Sturt - Soldier and Explorer


Follow the man from the Peninsular Wars in 1813 - 14 to The Grange farm built in 1840/41.  This man was responsible for "grabbing" the western part of New Holland.
23rd August What makes a book "rare".


Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers was established in Adelaide in March 1976, and has a large out-of-print and antiquarian stock as well as vintage photographs, manuscripts and autographs. Michael will talk about the value of books with examples from the Society's collection. He will discuss what to look for and how books become known as "rare".
27th September A Journey through Medical History.


Modern medicine is said to have emerged from the 16th century, prompted by the invention of printing, the enlargement of the world by exploration, renewed interest in human anatomy and other factors. But devastation was still being caused by epidemics and disease and exploration was haunted by scurvy. See what the RGS collection shows in the gradual development of medicine and other measures to improve human health.





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