Rare Book Discussion Meetings



The meetings will normally be held on every 4th Thursday in the month, in the Society's rooms. For a while the Society will offer two sessions on the same subject on each occassion. These will be held at 1030 and 1300. Bookings for either session will be through the link below.  At the Eventbrite site, there will be the choice of session times.

The program for 2017 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
25th May The Gills at Glen Osmond

Notes
The name Gill had a profound effect on the settlement and development of South Australia from the late 1830s up until the present time (the RGSSA and the independent Public Service are Gill’s legacies.) Thomas Gill (1849-1923) was Treasurer of the Society from its inception in 1885 until his death, and his extensive library was sold to the Society for 300 pounds. Glen Osmond was settled early as the SE gateway, and at this place was recorded and to some extent ‘catalogued’ the information of the formation of the State of South Australia through the RGS. Discover the treasurers from this very interesting information set.
22nd June Early Settlement in Aotearoa (New Zealand)  

Notes
We will hear about the early history in New Zealand leading up to the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February, 1840 and significant people including Tasman, Cook, Light, Wakefield and Grey who have influenced settlement in both South Australia and New Zealand. The RGSSA has a significant collection of material relating to our close neighbours. 
27th July The "birth" of the City of Adelaide.

This session looks at books and maps in the RGS collection covering the concept for a city in the new colony of South Australia, and Colonel Light's planning and the problems of our geography for the location of Adelaide. The politics of the street names will also be discussed.
24th August Ethiopa, the search for Prester John and exotic emperors.


Maps from the 16th to 18th centuries suggest that to Europeans of those times Ethioipa was more of a concept than an actual country. A few adventurers who penetrated its formidable highlands were not permitted to leave; the earliest first-hand reports came from the Portugese embassy of 1520, relating to its extraordinary quest for the fabled Prester John.  Efforts by the Portugese Jesuits to convert the Ethiopians to Catholicism ignored the fact that they had been Christians since 341 AD.
28th September The Chinese People and Australia


Chinese explorers, refugees miners, traders and business people have all played a part the development of Australia. There were wide fluctuations in their numbers, as their presence was at first welcomed, then opposed by ther colonies and later the Federation. Laws were passed in the 1850's to limit the number of Chinese in the goldfields and Federation ushered in the "White Australia Policy" at the turn of the century.The RGS library has many itemswith which you can tracethe lives of the Chinese whjo came to Australia.
26th October Europe Unfolding

The era of European explorarion began in the 15th century primarily out of a need to seek new trade routes. Maps in some of the early books showed amazing and sometimes imaginary islands. Seldom seen atlases will be discussed. These include Abraham Ortelius 1571 copy of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum and the 1482 eddition of Ptolemy's Geographica.





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