Lectures

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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’

The Lake Eyre Basin is an environmental and cultural jewel, encompassing some of Australia’s iconic Outback destinations. In 2015 the Lake Eyre Basin won the world International River Prize and is considered one of the last remnant unregulated desert river systems in the world. It is a region of high tourism interest with nearly two million visitors passing through this vast region every year, with numbers spiking considerably in periodic rain and flood events. It is also one of the most powerful and important Aboriginal cultural landscapes on our continent. Over the years this has been barely recognised and most of the transient visitors to the region have no idea of the amazing Aboriginal cultural heritage that has been largely ignored by the onset of European settlement and development. The launch of the Lake Eyre Basin Aboriginal Way Map in August 2018 was the culmination of twelve years of work and consultation originating from an Aboriginal Forum held at Mt Serle in the Flinders Ranges. The result is a unique achievement presenting the intimate and enduring connection of the many different Aboriginal language groups in the Basin with their ancestral country, water resources and ecosystems. It is a celebration of this diverse landscape which has sustained Aboriginal cultures and communities for over forty thousand years. It is for all Australians to share and appreciate.

Joc Schmiechen.

  1. Env. Studies, BA (Hons), Dip. Ed., Grad. Dip. Outdoor Ed

Adjunct School of Humanities (Archaeology)

Flinders University Adelaide South Australia

 

Over thirty years involvement in outdoor education, expedition leadership, Aboriginal education, environmental management, cross cultural and eco tourism encompassing some of the remotest and wildest locations in Australia and Antarctica. Most of his work in Education, Environmental Science, Tourism and Rock Art research has encompassed a profound passion for the natural and cultural environment of Australia, conserving, interpreting and sharing it with like minded people of all ages. In recent years has worked extensively with government, academia and industry in the Aboriginal and special Interest tourism sector throughout Australia.

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

June: Thursday 20th Brock Lecture
Rob George

A Letter From The Alice.
Frank Rees George, was a government geologist who took part in a number of explorations in the west and north of the state. In the summer of 1906 Frank was in an exploring party in the Petermann Ranges area when they were attacked by aborigines and the leader of the group was speared through the eye. Frank took over leadership of the team and managed to get them all safely back to Alice Springs but after a day or so Frank collapsed and died - he was in his early 30s.

After his death the team’s camel driver, George Edginton, wrote a letter to Frank’s mother in which he detailed the events leading up to Frank’s illness and then describes Frank’s final hours. It’s a beautifully written letter, sensitive, heartfelt and moving - an extraordinary achievement especially given that the writer was a camel driver. The letter is now in the SA Archives having been donated along with other family papers.

Frank was also the photographer on the expedition and they document the indigenous people they met, the ruined homesteads of failed pastoral ventures as well as the
camels, horses and members of the exploring team. Frank Rees George’s father, also Frank Rees George, was the engineer responsible for the building of the railway bridge at Murray Bridge and the Screwpile Jetty on Granite Island. His aunt, Madeleine Rees George, was a major force behind women’s education in colonial South Australia.

Rob George is a screenwriter and playwright who has written a number of works with historical themes including “Wire Through The Heart” which was an ABC documentary about the building of the Overland Telegraph, “Lovers and Haters - The Turbulent Times Of Don Dunstan” which he produced and co-wrote for the 2008 Adelaide Festival and other plays about Percy Grainger, the Nazi Party in the Barossa Valley and Errol Flynn. Rob’s family telemovie, “Captain Johnno”, won an International Emmy Award. Rob wrote and produced the TV mini-series “The River Kings” and the feature film “Selkie”. A play with music about the Australian
actor/manager Oscar Asche titled “In The Dome Room(at 2 o’clock)” was staged recently by State Opera SA.

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!