Who We Are


Who We Are

The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia (Inc.) is a voluntary, not-for profit organisation for advancing geographical science and promoting public awareness and enjoyment of Geography and related topics. Membership of the Society is by subscription and is open to anyone. While the Society takes a special interest in the geography of South Australia and its immediate region, it also extends to the global scale.

The Society is governed by an elected Council. The Society’s business is managed by a series of Committees responsible to the Council (Publications, Library, Geographical Heritage (not currently active – formed as required), Research and Awards, Program and Administration).  The Society is fortunate to have as joint Patrons; Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia, and Mr Rod Bunten.

The Society’s Purpose is to:

  • Advance public awareness of, and interest in, geography and related disciplines, including environmental issues.
  • Encourage research and scholarship in geography.
  • Recognise and reward achievements in geography.
  • Commemorate past achievements of significance to geography.

This is achieved through:

  • A program of public lectures, exhibitions and field activities.
  • Publishing geographical material, including fully refereed research papers and items of popular and topical interest.
  • Encouraging interest in all aspects of environmental, economic and social geography.
  • Maintaining an extensive library and historical collections.
  • Providing grants for research and awards to geography students and outstanding geographers.
  • Conserving and managing collections and monuments relating to the geographical heritage of South Australia and other parts of Australia.

To find out more about where the Society is heading and how it hopes to get there, view the Strategic Plan endorsed by Council in June 2021.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Royal Geographic Society of SA Inc. acknowledges that the land upon which we meet is the traditional land of the Kaurna people.  We respect the Kaurna peoples’ deep spiritual relationship and connection with their country.  We honour Kaurna people both past and present and acknowledge that their cultural and heritage beliefs are important and significant to Kaurna people today.

We also acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors to Kaurna country also recognising you as traditional custodians of your country.  We support the principles of a reconciled Australia for all its people in the interests of a better Australia and our young people – tomorrow’s leaders.