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
22nd February The Society's Artwork


Over the years the Society has accumulated a large collection of wall maps, paintings, sketches, plaques and medals. Come on a guided tour with the Society's President, Rod Shearing, to explore these precious items.
15th March Books written by people named in the streets of Adelaide.


In 2016 Dr Jeff Nicholas produced a three-volume book containing the remarkable stories of the people named in the streets of Adelaide and their links to reform in 19th century Britain.  His research discovered that 35 of the 58 people named in the Adelaide streets were authors in their own right.
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 Ausralian 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.





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