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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 the next few months is provided below.   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:-

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The amazing art of George French Angas

Wednesday 22nd November at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm

George French Angas (1822 – 1886) came to South Australia as a young man in 1844.  He was an industrious artist who recorded the scenery and people he saw on his travels.  These water colour paintings were shown in London, giving a better indication of this part of the world than had been previously displayed.

He also travelled to many other parts of the world, so come and see his amazing illustrations which are usually locked away!

 

24th May RBDG Participants The RGSSA Mansucript Collection
28th June The Discovery of Gold in Australia
The Australian gold rushes changed the colonies by attracting people with new skills and professions who contributed to the burgeoning economy, converting a remote dependency into a country of world-wide fame. Australia’s population more than tripled from 430,000 in 1851 to 1.7 million in 1871, developing the country into a multicultural society.
26th July Captain Charles Sturt – Soldier and Explorer
Follow the man from the Peninsular Wars in 1813 – 14 to The Grange farm built in 1840/41.  This man was responsible for “grabbing” the western part of New Holland.
28th August What makes a book ‘rare’?
Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers was established in Adelaide in March 1976, and has a large out-of-print and antiquarian stock as well as vintage photographs, manuscripts and autographs.  Mick will talk about the value of books with examples from the Society’s collection.  He will discuss what to look for and how books become known as ‘rare’.
27th September A Journey through Medical History
Modern medicine is said to have emerged in the 16th century, prompted by the invention of printing, the enlargement of the world by exploration, renewed interest in human anatomy and other factors. But devastation was still being caused by epidemics and disease and exploration was haunted by scurvy.

What does the RGS collection hold to show the gradual development of medicine and other measures to improve human health?

24th October History of settlement in South Australia
6:15 – 7:15 pm
Surveyor General Michael Burdett will use several volumes of plans from the 1870s, covering the Principal Portions of the Settled Districts in the Province of South Australia.  These plans show proposed facilities that came and went as the State’s fortunes ebbed and flowed through government and private investment.
22nd November The amazing art of George French Angas
George French Angas (1822 – 1886) came to South Australia as a young man in 1844.  He was an industrious artist who recorded the scenery and people he saw on his travels.  These water colour paintings were shown in London, giving a better indication of this part of the world than had been previously displayed.

He also travelled to many other parts of the world, so come and see his amazing illustrations which are usually locked away!

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