Level 3 Mortlock Wing State Library of South Australia North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000


The RGSSA hosts a series of stimulating lectures on a broad range of geographical topics, both current and historical.

Lecture Program

Monthly Lectures are generally held on the third Thursday of the month at 5.30 pm, preceded by drinks and nibbles from 5:00 pm in the Hetzel Theatre, Institute Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue.  Members are requested to make a gold coin donation to help offset the cost of hospitality. The cost for non-members is $10.  Meetings may be followed by an optional light dinner at a local venue.

Lunchtime meetings are held during the cooler months of the year.  Members are requested to make a gold coin donation while the cost for non-members is $5.

Videos of some previous lectures are available on YouTube.

The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Lecture Program is supported by the State Library of South Australia.

Upcoming Lectures

Ortelius map of the world

11 October 2023 | 12:00 pm

Lunchtime Meeting

The search for how the earth works: a scientific detective story

Back in the 16th century the cartographer Abraham Ortelius noted that the coastlines on either side of the Atlantic Ocean bore a remarkable resemblance to each other. This observation was the very first clue in an amazing scientific detective story about how the earth works and why the oceans and continents are where they are.

Kim Mahood 2022

19 October 2023 | 5:30 pm

Monthly Lecture

Wandering with Intent

Kim will discuss the cross-cultural collaborative mapping process she has developed with Aboriginal people and organisations over the past 20 years, and how it both fuels and feeds off her writing and art practices.

Previous Lectures