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Rare Book Discussion Group

The meetings are normally held on every 4th Thursday in the month, in the Society’s rooms at 10:30.  The program for 2019 is available here.   This event is free for members of the RGSSA. Non-members are welcome to attend and tickets are available for $10 per person. The RGSSA welcomes new members who wish to make a contribution to the success of the society.  There is a limit of 24 people at each meeting. To ensure a place please book through the following link which will become active a few weeks before each session

Eventbrite - RGSSA Rare Book Discussion Group

John and Elizabeth Gould, Ornithology, Art and Entrepreneurship.
18th April

John Gould is well known for his work in the mid-19th century identifying and recording birds and publishing his beautifully illustrated folios of birds including the eight volumes of Birds of Australia. Gould used various artists for his finished works including Edward Lear and his wife Elizabeth who is not so well known, but who was a major contributor, meanwhile having eight children. Gould visited Adelaide and Kangaroo Island and went on a short expedition with Charles Sturt.

The RGSSA and the State Library of SA have an impressive collection of original books of John Gould’s illustrations many of which will be on display.

Flax and its use from ancient to modern times.
Thursday 28 March

Flax has been cultivated and used in many countries over the ages principally for fibre (linen), seed, and oil. Linen cloth spun, woven and dyed, was used
for thousands of years before paper and printed rec- ords for royal, religious, funerary and ceremonial purposes.

For many, the fibre represented currency, bartered in trade from country to country, prior to the development of money or coin currency.

Newspaper Clippings from 1860 to 1880.
Thursday 28th February 2019

Charles Davies MD had many hobbies including collecting cuttings from several Adelaide newspa-pers, carefully pasting them into 36 volumes of scrapbooks.

Articles were written with all the prejudices of the day and seen through the eyes of those who were there to witness the events of the time.

The Society has a large collection of Rare Books and Maps.