RGSSA Library Catalogue

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Rare Book Discussion Group : 2018 Program

          image: The Mortlock Wing
  in the State Library of South Australia
        houses the RGSSA Collection

Meetings are held in the Society's rooms
located in the Mortlock Wing
of the State Library of South Australia

Sessions are from 10:30 am to 12 noon
Some sessions are repeated in the afternoon

Bookings are essential
and can be made through the Society's website 
or telephone (08) 8207 7266  
An entry fee applies to non members

The Society's art work

22nd February, 2018

Over the years, the Society has accumulated a large collection of wall-maps, paintings, sketches, plaques and medals. Come along to a guided tour with the Society's long-standing and very knowledgeable President, Rod Shearing, to explore these precious items.

Books written by people 
named in the streets of Adelaide

Trams pictured running along King William Street, Adelaide, early 19th century

15th March, 2018

In 2016, Dr Jeff Nicholas, produced a three-volume book containing the remarkable stories of the people named in Adelaide streets and their links to reform in 19th century Britain. In undertaking this research, he discovered that 35 of the 58 people named in the Adelaide streets are authors in their own right. This session will explore some of these books in the RGSSA's library and in Jeff's personal collection.

The Silver that turned to Gold

26th April, 2018

Stephen William Silver (1819-1905) started collecting books around 1850 when he and his brother Hugh were expanding their father's colonial outfitting business in London. Spurred by the need to waterproof items taken overseas, the brothers developed a huge India-rubber works in Woolwich and made fortunes providing insulating coating for the underground and underwater telegraph lines in the 1850s.

Silver developed two book collections: the famous one at his town house in York Gate, the other at his country estate, the Benhams, at Letcombe Regis. But, S W Silver & Co., also published their own books on colonial matters and these will be the focus of the session.

Presented by Chris Durrant
RGSSA member 

Online essay in the RGSSA Exhibition Catalogue: 'Terra Cognita', 2008
Hankel, Valmai. The York Gate Library. RGSSA website (pdf. download), February 2008 : p. 3-5. 

Catalogue of the York Gate Geographical and Colonial Library
or York Gate Library catalogue
published J.Murray : London, 1882 
RGSSA catalogue record ]

The RGSSA Manuscript Collection

24th May, 2018

In 1981, the Society published, A catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (SA Branch), which contained 179 items, such as hand-written diaries, letters, journals of expeditions, memoranda, convict records, maps, sketches and watercolours. Over 150 items have been added since 1981. Many small snippets of significant information are to be found in this series, so come along and be amazed. 

Presented by participants from the Rare Book Discussion Group

RGSSA Manuscripts Catalogue
C. R. Harris, President. RGSSA website (pdf. download), 1981.
The Library's online catalogue can be searched for manuscript items using: MS ]

 The Discovery of Gold in Australia

'Panning' by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880)

28th June, 2018

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.

The Royal Geographical Society has many first-hand accounts of life on the goldfields. Personal and Government records in the form of pamphlets, maps and newspaper articles trace the social and economic changes that resulted from the vast amount of gold that was discovered. 

Presented by Sally Hanley
RGSSA member 
[For items in the Collection on this subject; search the Library's online catalogue for: Gold mines and mining Australia
Biography: Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880)
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/gill-samuel-thomas-2096 ]

Captain Charles Sturt : soldier and explorer

Captain Sturt leaving Adelaide in August, 1844
 sketched by Samuel Thomas Gill

26th July, 2018

Follow Charles Sturt (1795-1869) from the Peninsular Wars in 1813-1814 to 'The Grange' farm, built in 1840-1841. This man was responsible for England 'grabbing the western part of New Holland'.

What did he tell the Colonial Office? And what is the connection with Edward Gibbon Wakefield? How did he attain the plaque on Adelaide's North Terrace; 'Soldier and Explorer, first to chart the River Murray'. 

Presented by Jill Kerby
RGSSA member
[For several books and letters in the Collection written by Captain Sturt; search the Library's online catalogue for: Sturt, Charles
Biography: Charles Sturt (1795-1869)
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/sturt-charles-2712 ]

What makes a book 'rare'?

23rd August, 2018

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'. 

Presented by Michael Treloar
Antiquarian bookseller

A Journey through Medical History

27th September, 2018

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

Presented by Mary Gabb
RGSSA member

History of Settlement in South Australia

Wednesday, 24th October, 2018
6.15 pm-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.

This event will be a 'sundowner' event at the special time of 6.15 pm. 

Presented by Michael Burdett 
SA Surveyor General 
[For other related reference books; search the Library's online catalogue for:
Land settlement South Australia ]

The amazing art of George French Angas

'Klemzic. A village of German settlers near Adelaide'. George French Angas. An extract from the text accompanying the illustrations reads: About three miles from Adelaide is situated the picturesque village of Klemzic, on the banks of the Torrens: it is entirely populated by one of the various bodies of Prussian Emigrants ... their houses and cultivation are in the style of their own country.
22nd November, 2018

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 watercolour 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! 

Presented by Nona Verco
RGSSA member
Original watercolour paintings

'Rio [de] Janeiro for the Convent of Santa Teresa', (1845) by George French Angas 

'The Scenery of Rio Janeiro in a Series of Sketches.' [manuscript]
Angas, George French, 1822-1886
The above watercolour is one of eight 'sketches' of Rio de Janeiro by Angas, described in the RGSSA Manuscripts Catalogue, (item 1d), 1981, states; these watercolours were never published. This watercolour was first reproduced in colour in the Society's Exhibition Catalogue, 2008, and features other works by Angas.


[Also refer:
Previous blog post that features extracts from Angas' diary of his voyage to Rio de Janeiro.

Biography George French Angas (1822-1886)   
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/angas-george-french-1708 ]

Rare Book Discussion Group : 2018 Program

Sessions are from 10.30 am to 12 noon
Some sessions repeated in the afternoon
Bookings are essential
and can be made through the Society's website
or telephone (08) 8207 7266  
An entry fee applies to non members

Please visit our website at www.rgssa.org.au
RGSSA Contact details for enquires

Search the Library's online catalogue for related reference books


All external links retrieved January, 2018
posted by Sandra Thompson
RGSSA remote cataloguer

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