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Lecture Program

Lecture meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of the month at 5.30 pm, at the St Andrews Parish Centre, 43 Church Terrace Walkerville. For the Centre, enter and park off Fuller Street car park. 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.

2019 Lecture Program

February 21 - Exploration re-visited - Larry Perkins


Exploration re-visited 1904; relics recovered in 2018; Barclay-McPherson

In 2018, Society member Larry Perkins and his brother Peter discovered a cache of equipment from the Barclay MacPherson expedition of 1904 in the Simpson Desert. The original expedition was facilitated by our Society working with the SA government to explore parts of Australia that were not yet mapped. Larry studied the original diary and worked with other community members of the Territory, using their knowledge of the Outback, to locate a cache of buried equipment the expedition left on their return journey.

The original diary, transcripts of the expedition and some relics will be available at Larry's presentation.

Larry Perkins, a regular bushman since he formally cut ties from Supercars at the end of 2012, says that the discovery compares highly favourably to his achievements in motor racing, highlighted by six wins in the Bathurst 1000.

Come along and see geographical history come alive!

March 21 - Walk across Australia: the first solo crossing - David Mason

March: Thursday 21st
Lieutenant Colonel David Mason
‘Walk across Australia: the first solo crossing’

Walking alone across Australia is not for everyone. However, LtCol David Mason, COS DGADGFLS, managed to do just that and his experiences and observations enroute will be the subject of this lecture.

April 11 - AGM & Our Climate and Antarctica - Beth Walton

April: Thursday 11th
Beth Walton
'Our Climate and Antarctica'

Preceded by the RGSSA Annual General Meeting

The Antarctic plays an important role in the Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation and similarly the southern hemisphere atmospheric and oceanographic circulations impact on Antarctic’s climate and ice cover. Beth Walton will talk about these interconnections including why the ozone hole was first observed over the Antarctic and how increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases can impact on sea surface temperatures, sea levels and Antarctic ice cover.

May 16 - Lake Eyre Basin Aboriginal Way Map - Joc Schmiechen

May: Thursday 16th
Joc Schmiechen
‘Lake Eyre Basin Aboriginal Way Map – An Incredible journey’

Joc Schmiechen will speak of his recent trip to Easter Island and Peru, highlighting their ancient cultural heritage. Many of you will remember his lectures to us on Aboriginal Art and his deep interest and knowledge of indigenous cultures.

June 20 - Brock Lecture - Frank Rees George, Explorer - Rob George

June: Thursday 20th Brock Lecture
Rob George
'Frank Rees George–A noted South Australian explorer of Eyre Peninsular and NT, 1838-1906. Died Alice Springs.'

The Annual Brock Lecture in June, which traditionally has exploration as its theme, will be given by Rob George on the pioneer Frank Rees George, who are both related to RGSSA Council Member John Seaton

July 18 - Fight Food Waste - Cooperative Research Centre - Steven Lapidge

July: Thursday 18th
Dr Steven Lapidge
’Fight Food Waste - Cooperative Research Centre'

Dr Steven Lapidge is the inaugural CEO of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre. The CRC has almost completed its first year of operations and Steven will have plenty to report on.

August 15 - From Cape to Cairo: Africa and Geopolitics - Hans Gnodtke

August: Thursday 15th
Hans Gnodtke
`From Cape to Cairo: Africa and Geopolitics'

Hans Gnodtke will speak on “From Cape to Cairo – A political geography”. His in-depth knowledge of Africa was acquired over many years working on the Continent with the German Foreign Service

September 19 - Space Archaeology (Sonic Trowels and Space Junk) - Alice Gorman

September: Thursday 19th
Dr Alice Gorman
‘Space Archaeology (Sonic Trowels and Space Junk)'

October 17 - Botanical Explorations - Lucy Sutherland

October: Thursday 17th
Dr Lucy Sutherland
‘Botanical Explorations'

Dr Lucy Sutherland, current Director of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, will be speaking to us about Botanical Explorations

November 21 - Large Reptile Dispersal - Paul Willis

November: Thursday 21st
'Bio-geographical questions of large reptile dispersal across Australia and the South Pacific'
Dr Paul Willis

Exploration re-visited – The Barclay MacPherson – Central Australian Expedition 1904-06

by Larry Perkins

Thursday 21st February 2019

In 2018, Society member Larry Perkins and his brother Peter discovered a cache of equipment from the Barclay MacPherson expedition of 1904 in the Simpson Desert. The original expedition was facilitated by our Society working with the SA government to explore parts of Australia that were not yet mapped. Larry studied the original diary and worked with other community members of the Territory, using their knowledge of the Outback, to locate a cache of buried equipment the expedition left on their return journey.
There are probably not many Australians who have the chance to revisit the almost undisturbed sites of our settlement history, 114 years old; where events were created and perhaps ask the question, why?
The Northern Territory Government and SA’s Artlab, centre of conservation excellence, are advising on relics assessment, cataloguing and finally finding a suitable repository.

The original diary, transcripts of the expedition and some relics will be available at Larry’s presentation.

Larry Perkins, a regular bushman since he formally cut ties from Supercars at the end of 2012, says that the discovery compares highly favourably to his achievements in motor racing, highlighted by six wins in the Bathurst 1000.

“I may have won Bathurst but lots of other guys have won Bathurst,” he noted.
“We found this gear and not too many guys find gear like this. We didn’t stumble across it. We were looking for it. The four-and-a-half-days on the quad bike paid off based on enthusiasm, homework and a can-do attitude, which I’m proud of.” the Northern Territory Department of Tourism and Culture.

Come along and see geographical history come alive!