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


20 June 2024 | 5:30 pm

Monthly Lecture

John Rymill - Polar Explorer

Hear from his grandson how John Rymill left Australia bound for England, on a journey that would culminate in him becoming one of Australia’s foremost polar pioneers.

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7 August 2024 | 12:00 pm

Lunchtime Meeting

The rock churches of Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s rock churches are nothing short of amazing. They have even been described, though perhaps with a little exaggeration, as the eighth wonder of the world.

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19 September 2024 | 5:00 pm

Monthly Lecture

Riverbank management of the Murray-Darling Basin

Ian Rutherfurd is a geographer and fluvial geomorphologist. He has worked for 25 years in the water sector as an academic, consultant and in policy.  Details to follow.

Previous Lectures