Lectures

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Lectures are presented following COVID-19 Regulations

Lecture Program

Lecture meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of the month at 5.30 pm, preceded by drinks and nibbles from 5:00 pm.  From August 2021, lectures will be held in the Hetzel Theatre, Institue Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue. Drinks and light refreshments are available before most lectures.  Meetings may be followed by an optional light dinner at a local venue.

Details about upcoming lectures will be advised  in the bi-monthly members newsletter GeoNews.

Members are requested to make a gold coin donation to help offset the cost of the venue.  The cost for non-members is $10.

Videos of previous lectures are available on YouTube.

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

2022 Lecture Program

February 17 - Easter Island and Peru - Joc Schmiechen
Joc makes a very welcome return to the lectern for our February event. Joc has had over thirty years involvement in outdoor education, expedition leadership, Aboriginal education, environmental management, cross cultural and ecotourism encompassing some of the remotest and wildest locations in Australia and Antarctica. For over 20 years his Aboriginal interests have led to a strong passion for Aboriginal art and especially the rock art of the north. He has undertaken numerous expeditions, mainly in the Kimberley, and discovered and recorded parts of a significant body of Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) art. His particular interest has been in visitor management and protection of this important cultural heritage. In his main work he has extensive government and industry experience in the Aboriginal and Special Interest tourism sector throughout Australia. Joc has a particular interest in small operators and businesses working in regional and remote locations coupled with an ongoing concern about tourism impacts and developing sustainable practices in how we best use our natural and cultural assets. He has worked extensively at the ‘grass roots’ level with Indigenous operators throughout Australia and has a long commitment to connecting tourists to experiencing the Indigenous perspective of Australia. In recent years he developed and implemented a Research Agenda for Indigenous tourism for a collective of University and Industry partners across Australia. It is with great interest then that we look forward to Joc sharing his insights into the heritage of ancient cultures very different to those of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, namely those of Easter Island and Peru. REGISTRATION essential via Eventbrite
March 17 - Bio R: Reconstructing habitat for biodiversity - Dr David Paton
More details can be found here.
April 21 - Ancient Peopling of Australia - Prof Peter Veth
May 19 - New Insights into the survival of the Western Desert People - Dr Wallace Boone Law
Space Age Satellite Imaging Offers Fresh Perspectives on the Western Desert Environment and Ancient Aboriginal Ecology. Modern satellite imaging offers radical new ways to investigate the challenges and opportunities confronting ancient Aboriginal ecology and land use in Australia's Western Desert. This presentation offers a brief overview of how aerial and satellite imaging has been applied to Australian archaeological contexts and discusses how modern advances in environmental remote sensing are transforming our understanding of the arid zone archaeological record. Using Earth Observation data from the past three decades, this talk presents a geospatial model of the most well-suited foraging habitats of the Western Desert, based on maximal water abundance, vegetation greenness, and terrain ruggedness. The study illustrates how satellite-derived environmental information is providing an innovative new medium to conceptualise ancient subsistence and settlement at a higher resolution than ever before, providing fresh insights into where ancient peoples were likely to position themselves amongst patchy resources. The outcomes of this research highlight why the heuristic framework of earlier ecological land use models and the predicted archaeological signature of Western Desert peoples must be reconsidered in the age of big satellite data. Dr. W. Boone Law is a geospatial scientist and archaeologist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Adelaide, where he completed a PhD in spatial science and environmental remote sensing in 2020.
June 16 - Overland Telegraph after 150 years - Susie Herzberg
Susie Herzberg's topic is Overland Telegraph after 150 years - A Twenty First Century Perspective.  The OTL was overseen by her great-great grandfather Charles Todd.
July 6 - Lunchtime - George French Angas as a pioneer Australian ethnographer - Dr Philip Jones
Dr Philip Jones is a senior curator at the South Australian Museum, where he has produced books and exhibitions dealing with the Aboriginal - European frontier and material culture. Dr Jones will take a closer look at Angas’s ethnographic work, focusing on his writing and images from the Adelaide area, the Murray and Lakes, Coorong, South-East and Port Lincoln. This lunchtime lecture will be held from 12 -1 pm in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre. More details can be found here
July 21 - Brock Lecture and AGM. Benjamin Herschel Babbage - Rod Tucker
Details to follow
August 3 - CANCELLED
August 18 - The amazing sex life of the Echidna and other KI critters by Dr Peggy Rismuller
Details to follow
September 7 - Lunchtime - Early Kodachrome Film Photography Landscapes - Roger Irvine
This lunchtime lecture will be held from 12 -1 pm in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre. More details to follow
September 15 - SA Islands and Cape Willoughby - Quentin Chester
More details to follow.
October 20 - The story of the clipper ship 'City of Adelaide' - Peter Christopher
Details to follow
November 17 - Greening Adelaide / August Pelzer Adelaide Parklands - Dr Chris Daniels
More details to follow