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RGSQ Special Interest Groups

Young Geographers' Group

 Yabba Creek, Queensland 2018

This group aims to build the student and young professional membership base of the society and to improve the engagement of younger members in society events. Future goals include a broader range of career networking or development activities and potentially extending the reach of the group to engage with and inspire high school aged students to consider geography as a future career pathway.

 A Facebook space in which tertiary geography students and early to mid-career professionals can socialise, network and explore career pathway opportunities.


 Members of the RGSQ at Canarvon Gorge, Qld 1937

The Society has an extensive collection of records, maps, books, magazines and artefacts dating back to when the society was formed in 1885. 

In 2017 the Society commissioned Judith McKay and Bill Kitson to prepare a report, Royal Geographical Society Of Queensland; Significance Assessment of the Collection, to explore the significance of the documents and artefacts contained in the collections.

As a result, in an internal review of the management of the collection it is under way. It is expected to recommend the implementation of a library information system to catalogue the collection, and to improve access to it for members of the Society, researchers and interested members of geographic community. It is hoped that on-line access to the catalogue will be provided through the Trove service maintained by the National Library of Australia, or a similar service.

Archive Group

Archive group member Peter Lloyd has for some time been working on identifying and organising the Society’s mostly pre-2003 collections of lantern slides, print albums and trek albums as well as CD, VHS and DVD format images. Further progress required consideration of the many and challenging options of third millennia technology, and thus assistance from the Website Group. Peter Lloyd and Website Group members Graham Rees and Ian Francis met on 13 May 2019 to work out how to collect, identify, describe and manage digital images taken of Society activities since 2003. It is hoped that once collected and organised, the totality of the Society’s images can be a resource for the website, displays, presentations, publications, and other uses. 

Map Collection Group

The map collection group of Peter Nunan, Ralph Carlisle and Doreen Worth preserves, catalogues, stores, maintains, and displays, on rotation, the Society's wall, topographic, orthophoto, cadastral and other maps and charts. The main focus is on Queensland, but the collection of maps from the present and the past, extends to the rest of Australia and the world. 

Library Group

Management of the RGSQ’s “Ken Sutton Memorial Library” is led by Jim Graham. Geographical journals feature strongly in the library, together with a small collection of books on geographical education and the geography of Queensland. There is a text based catalogue of a significant part of the library which members are welcome to browse. At this time, the catalogue is a single user system available only on a computer at Gregory Place. The library is for reference only - items may not be removed from Gregory Place.

Offers by members to help in any capacity would be most welcome. Please contact the office for more information.

Map Group

Map Group’s activities are a vibrant part of the Society. This special interest group (SIG) has a focus on maps and mapping related activities. The group meets monthly and hosts lectures, events including visits to institutions and map collections. Activities have included special mapping projects such as mapping parts of the Milton and Nundah suburbs as part of the Open Street Map project. External visits have included private tours of map collections in the National Library Canberra, War Memorial in Canberra and Queensland State Archives. The Map Group hosts its own internal lectures every two months with external guest speakers or members from within the Map Group. Lecture topics have included Interpreting Aviation Charts, Lidar in Digital Mapping, Map Making for Orienteering and the Role of Drones in Modern Geography.

Map Group meets each month February – December. We encourage anyone who has an interest in maps and mapping, whether historical or cutting-edge technology to join the Map Group. For more information contact mailto:

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Tel 07 3368 2066
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