Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia is located in the State Library of South Australia on North Terrace, Adelaide. Founded in 1885 to further the exploration of South Australia, today the society's emphasis is on the natural and cultural environment. It promotes this through monthly lectures, excursions and interpretation of the modified and natural landscape, not only in South Australia, but of Australia and the wider world. The society has a strong publication programme, highlighted by its Explore the Barossa and Explore the Flinders Ranges guidebooks. The society's activities are strongly supported by its Library of over 25 000 volumes. The largest non-government, specialist geographical collection in Australia, the library includes maps, manuscripts and photographs as well as books on the history of geography and Australian and world exploration. A fascinating collection of historical artefacts, largely to do with exploration is also held. All these are freely available for the public to view.


25 000 books and periodicals, 2 000 photographs, 200 manuscripts, 800 maps, over 200 relics of exploration of Australia.