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Recently Published Books

Prices are in Australian dollars. Books can be ordered through the RGS office by ‘phone or email.  An order form for retail purchases is available herewholesale purchases can be arranged contacting the office on (+618) 8207 7265 or email admin@rgssa.org.au.

EXPLORE THE FLINDERS RANGES 

Sue Barker, Brian Ward, Ken Bardsley and Rob Marshall (Eds)    RGSSA Adelaide 2014

Explore the Flinders Ranges explains the cultural and natural histories of the region as you experience them in your travels. Fascinating geological history is easily seen and explained as are the diverse plants and animals which inhabit these largely arid hills. There is plenty of evidence in art and stories of the long history of the Aborigines; the short period of European colonisation shows in many landscapes.

The Flinders is a place to pause and admire.

  • • Histories is a series of articles giving some background on features in the Flinders Ranges for you to read before you venture out.
  • • Discoveries are shorter items on a variety of topics which may capture your interest.
  • • Drives provide opportunities for a broad overview of Flinders landscapes where you may find places to which you want to return, to explore on foot either the bush or towns
  • • Town Walks contains maps and notes for nine large and small towns in the region.
  • • Bush Walks takes you on self-guiding trails with maps and notes into 16 locations in the Flinders from south to north.
  • • Gazetteer gives descriptions of most places you will come across as you travel around the region. Places are listed in alphabetical order. You will find it useful for extra details as you explore.
  • • More Things to Do and Accommodation provide useful websites and suggestions to help your exploration.
  • • Reference and Special Interest covers things to do, provides full lists of plants and animals you may encounter. There is additional information for geologists.
  • • Further Reading contains some of the items consulted in the preparation of this book.
  • • The Bush and Country Code (Back cover flap) gives some useful hints on caring for your surroundings.

If you have any suggestions or comments about this book, please let us know at: admin@rgssa.org.au, or write to:

Royal Geographical Society of SA Inc.
PO Box 3661, Rundle Mall, SA 5000

Front cover:
Moralana Valley from Bridle Gap (K WainWright)

Members Price $19.95        Retail Price $24.95

EXPLORING THE BAROSSA

Sue Barker and Brian Ward     RGSSA  Adelaide 2005

A companion to “Discover the Barossa”.  The perfect guide for those who want to get to know the Barossa better by driving, walking or cycling.

Explore some of the more remote and picturesque places and discover the less well known cultural affairs and natural history in the area.  Visit the wineries and take advantage of gourmet eateries or enjoy a picnic.

Features

  • Byways’ – encourage you to drive and cycle in the valleys and over the hills.
  • ‘Town Walks’ – for the horizontally inclined.
  • ‘Bush and Country Walks’ – for those who want to enjoy the views, experience the bush and explore the countryside.
  • Reference and Special Interests – describes things to do.  Includes full list of plants, animals and geological diagrams.  A must for school projects and roaming the Valley.

Members    $14.50        Retail    $17.50

EXPLORING THE BAROSSA

Sue Barker and Brian Ward     RGSSA  Adelaide 2005

A companion to “Discover the Barossa”.  The perfect guide for those who want to get to know the Barossa better by driving, walking or cycling.

Explore some of the more remote and picturesque places and discover the less well known cultural affairs and natural history in the area.  Visit the wineries and take advantage of gourmet eateries or enjoy a picnic.

Features

  • Byways’ – encourage you to drive and cycle in the valleys and over the hills.
  • ‘Town Walks’ – for the horizontally inclined.
  • ‘Bush and Country Walks’ – for those who want to enjoy the views, experience the bush and explore the countryside.
  • Reference and Special Interests – describes things to do.  Includes full list of plants, animals and geological diagrams.  A must for school projects and roaming the Valley.

Members    $14.50        Retail    $17.50

WALKING THE FLINDERS RANGES

C Warren Bonython,      RGSSA  Adelaide 2000.

A reprint of the 1971 classic of walking from Crystal Brook to Mt. Hopeless.

Features

  • stimulating, meticulous personal account well furnished with expert knowledge of the botany and geology of the area.
  • A ‘must have’ for those who seek to discover the pleasures of walking in the Flinders.
  • An enjoyable companion piece and a pleasurable experience as you walk with the author.
  • 206 pages, well illustrated with excellent colour photographs, maps and diagrams

Front Cover – Views of the Aroona Valley from Hayward Bluff with Ken Peake-Jones.

Members    $13.50     Retail    $16.50

THE GREAT FILLING OF LAKE EYRE IN 1974

C Warren Bonython and A Stewart Fraser (Eds)

Lake Eyre is one of the natural wonders of the Australian landscape.

Features

  • Documenting the transformation of the lake as it floods is one of major scientific interest.  Written by acknowledged experts it provides a major contribution to the scientific literature and designed to be of great interest to the general reader.
  • A good reference for the floods in 2009 -2010.
  • Additional information about Lake Eyre can be found in the Lake Eyre South Monograph Series (below)

Members    $10.00    Retail    $13.50

DISCOVER KANGAROO ISLAND
– 4th reprint with revisions

Barker Sue and McCaskill Murray (eds)   RGSSA  Adelaide Revised 4th reprint 2017

Discover Kangaroo Island through us. Tour this amazing island off the southern Australian coast as did the members of the Oprah Winfrey Show in December 2010. This unique publication is available at the Kangaroo Island’s Visitors’ Centre and other outlets. Through it you can experience the island’s special features.

Features

  • Excellent maps and illustrations.
  • Details about the island’s principal icons.
  • Reference and special interests – provides a list of other useful references to learn more about the island and to help plan your itinerary.

Front Cover – Cape du Couedic lighthouse.
Members   $13.50      Retail    $16.50

LAKE EYRE SOUTH MONOGRAPH SERIES   Vols. 1 – 7

A series of detailed scientific studies of Lake Eyre South, presenting information on the geographical, natural and human history of this unique region.

Vol 1 – Mammals and Reptiles
Read JL and Owens HM   209 p, colour illustrations
Part 1: Introduction to the biological survey.
Part 2: Mammals of the Lake Eyre South region.
Part 3: Reptiles and Amphibians.

Vol 2 – Vegetation
Badman FJ and Brock BJ   238 p, colour illustrations
Part 1: Vegetation
Part 2: Reconnaissance Survey of Cryptograms.

Vol 3 – Birds

Read JL and Badman FJ   82 p, colour illustrations of 187 bird species covered in 30 years study.

Vol 5 – The Story behind the Landscape
Krieg GW, Alley NF , Pledge NS , Sibenaler XP,
Dobrzinski I, Andstrong D  100 p, colour illustrations

Part 1: The Geology and Landscape.
Part 2: The Plants, Animals and Environments.
Part 3: The Great Artesian Basin.

Vol  6 – Archaeology of the Lake Eyre South Region
Hughes P, Hiscock P  and Mitchell S
72p, colour illustrations, map
Part 1, The Archaeology of the Lake Eyre South Area,
Part 2, Archaeological Excavations at Olympic Dam, South Australia,

Vol 7 – Pastoral History
Gee P     131 p, colour illustrations
Story of dashed hopes, desperation and hardship in the face of a hostile environment and the misguided, opportunistic government policies.
A fascinating history.

Vols 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7    Members    $17.50        Retail     $18.50

Vol 6    Members     $13.50        Retail     $15.00

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HENRY NIXON’S MAP

Your chance to purchase a limited edition map relating to the geography of South Australia.   It shows the terrain over which the Europeans had their first encounters with the Aboriginal people and the effect of thousands of years of indigenous management of what has become the Adelaide Plains.   This map won a Gold Medal at the SA & NT Printing Industries and Craftsmanship Awards for the Best Limited Edition Art Reproduction.

Members     $40.00     Retail      $45.00

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Friends of the State Library publications

RGSSA members may now purchase publications from the Friends of the State Library at members’ prices.

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For the catalogue of older publications, books, cards and videos, Early Publications.