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    • 4 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Community Meeting Room, Ground Floor, BCC Library Bldg, 266 George Street Brisbane
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering

    Presenter Background:

    Margaret Shield trained as a secondary school teacher and spent many years teaching English, History and the Japanese language. Margaret also has a special interest in Australian colonial history and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from Griffith University in 2016.

    In 2017/2018 she was appointed as the Postgraduate Research Fellow at Griffith University’s Harry Gentle Resource Centre to investigate the role played by the Crown Lands Commissioners who were appointed by the New South Wales government to administer pastoral districts declared in pre-Separation Queensland.


    Topic Overview:

    Margaret will talk about the role played by the pre separation Land Commissioners in Queensland.

    Note, the presentation is an afternoon session from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. 


    Co-ordinator:

    Bob Abnett  email: abnett@powerup.com.au  Telephone: (07) 3820-2621 0412-135-794






    • 19 Feb 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Shorncliffe
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    Treks & Activities Event

    Join us for a gentle walk exploring the Shorcliffe Pier and local walking tracks through Lower Moora Park after lunch.

    The first pier, 350m long and erected in 1882, was called the Sandgate pier. Near the shore line, one each side of the pier, were separate swimming pools for ladies and gentlemen. By 1939 it was possible to swim from Woody Point to Shorncliffe protected in a crate. The current pier, the Shorncliffe Pier, was opened in 2016 just in time for the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

    CARE: be SunSmart, wear walking shoes, bring a water bottle and your camera.

    BRING: a cup/glass, plate and cutlery. Lunch will be provided at the meeting place shelter shed.

    MEET: in a picnic shelter beside the car park near the pier

    Coordinator: Audrey Johnston

    • 5 Mar 2019
    • 8 Mar 2019
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    Members Only - Australian Geography Competition Question Pack Mailout

    When and where:

    Location: RGSQ Level 1, 28 Fortescue Street, Spring Hill Qld 4000.

    Dates: Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 March 2019
    Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm each day

    Event Description:

    Members' assistance is requested to help with the mailout of the Australian Geography Competition Information Packs and teacher reminder letters. This mailout requires labels to be stuck on large envelopes and a few items placed in the envelopes.

    Australian Geography Competition Information Packs are sent to all Australian high schools.

    • 6 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Queensland State Archives, 435 Compton Rd, Runcorn QLD 4113
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering


    Aim of tour/ visit:

    This is the second visit Map Group will make to the QSA. The visit will concentrate on early historic maps of Queensland - e.g. explorer's maps/charts of Queensland, early land settlement maps, early town maps.


    Lunch:

    Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee available.


    QSA has imposed a limit of 10 attendees. Map Group will accept 10 registrations and 5 reserve reservations, just in case the limit is relaxed. As part of this Registration process, members are asked that those who went to State Archives in 2016, allow other Map Group members to go in March, 2019 (i.e. those who have not been to State Archives before).


    Co-ordinator:

    Daphne Stephens  email: daphnestephens@optusnet.com.au  Telephone: (07) 3366 2510 or 0417 662 510


    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Brisbane Airport
    • 22
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    Treks & Activities Event

     A bus trip to examine the impact of the new airport runway on the natural wetland environment of Nudgee beach and Nundah Creek? 

    Guided tour of the the new Brisbane Airport Runway by the BAC Community Engagement Officer, including the new Dryandra Road underpass, a vital piece of the infrastructure for Brisbane’s new runway system.

    Lunch (main meal, coffee/tea and cake) at DFO and chance to shop.

    Bus pickup and return Eagle Junction: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Coordinator: Jeanette Lamont

    • 1 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • RGSQ, 28 Fortescue Street Spring Hill Brisbane
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering

    Presenter Background:

    Peter Griggs is a geography lecturer and lectured at JCU for many years, prior to semi-retirement. He is still doing part-time geography lecturing, whilst being an active member of RGSQ. Peter was a member of RGSQ back in the 1980s and wrote a History of the RGSQ from inception to the mid-1980s and this is still the definitive history of the RGSQ to this day.


    Topic Overview:

    The Presentation will include issues such as:

    ⦁ What was mapped (e.g. electoral districts, towns, railway routes)

    ⦁ Who was mapping (not only government)

    ⦁ The commencement of cadastral mapping

    ⦁ The challenges faced making maps in an era when lithography still used

    limestone stones.


    Co-ordinator:

    Bob Abnett  email: abnett@powerup.com.au  Telephone: (07) 3820-2621 0412-135-794






    • 7 May 2019
    • 8:40 AM - 3:30 PM
    • (Stradbroke Ferries), 12 Emmett Drive Cleveland & 15/17 Welsby St, Dunwich QLD 4183
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering

    Aim of tour/ visit:

    The museum has a range of permanent displays about the Quandamooka people, convict history, shipwrecks and maritime history, the story of sandmining on the Island, as well as lots of photos of the old fishing shacks, boats and buses that helped kick off the tourism industry on Straddie. As well as this they will provide us access to their small but interesting map collection. The visit includes morning tea.


    Transport Note/Meeting Point:Members to meet at the Water Taxi Terminal (Stradbroke Ferries), 12 Emmett Drive Cleveland, QLD 4163 at 8.40am. Ferry departs at 8:55am. Visitors to purchase own ferry tickets.

    Lunch:

    Lunch arrangements to be advised


    Return to the Mainland:

    Return water taxi to Cleveland. Members may choose to stay longer on Stradbroke Island and catch a later water taxi back to Cleveland. Water Taxis depart at 1:25pm, 2:25pm, 3:55pm, 4:55pm.


    Co-ordinators:

    Ian Francis - email: brisfran@gmail.com, mob: 0457 628 033

    John Fairbairn - email: j.fairbairn@iinet.net.au, mob: 0428 739 275






    • 3 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • RGSQ, 28 Fortescue Street Spring Hill Brisbane
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering


    Presenter Background:

    Keith Treschman is a Science Teacher and has taught Science in secondary schools for over 40 years. He has a passion for Astronomy and has written curriculum materials on this topic for teachers. His PhD is on “Astronomical Tests of General Relativity”. He is responsible for the installation of an observatory at Brisbane Girls Grammar School - this is at its outdoor centre near Gympie. In this facility are 4 telescopes, 3 of which are operated by the students robotically from their computers.


    Topic Overview:

    Earth has latitude defined from the equator, longitude based on Greenwich and height referred to sea level. How is this done on Mars? What are the features on this planet?


    Co-ordinator:

    Keith Treschman  email: treschmankm@bigpond.com  Telephone:(07) 3856 2262  Mobile: 0427267692






    • 22 Jun 2019
    • Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania
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    RGSQ Traveller Discovery Tours

    Register your interest in the:

    Geography, Game Parks and Gorillas Tour
    through Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania


    Departs Brisbane 22 June 2019 | returns 18 July 2019

    more details here. . .

    If you are not ready to make a booking for this trip, which requires payment of a deposit, you may register your interest while you consider your options. We will let you know any further developments or changes which may help you in deciding to join this amazing journey.

    There is no obligation in registering your interest and you can cancel at any time.


    • 17 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • RGSQ, 28 Fortescue Street Spring Hill Brisbane
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering


    Aim of tour/ visit:

    Map Group visits own library at RGSQ headquarters - exploration and explanations by Map Group Members Peter Nunan, Peter Lloyd and Jim Graham. The presenters will delve into the unusual, rare and bazaar maps and books in our collection.


    Lunch:

    Lunch at the International Hotel, 525 Boundary Street Spring Hill. Good meals at a reasonable price are available.


    Co-ordinator:

    Peter Nunan email:  peternunan@optusnet.com.au tel: (07)3161 1745






    • 5 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • RGSQ, 28 Fortescue Street Spring Hill Brisbane
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering


    Presenter Background:

    Neil Simson is a Town Planner. He started his career as a consulting Town

    Planner to the mid-1990s, before working as the Town Planner for

    Beaudesert Shire until the late 2000s, then moving onto a far larger local

    government area (population and urbanisation wise), in Logan City and

    worked there until 2017. Neil was the chief drafter of Beaudesert Shire’s

    planning scheme (2007) and he was heavily involved in the drafting of

    Logan City’s planning scheme (2015).


    Topic Overview:

    ⦁ History of Town Planning in Logan City

    ⦁ Issues in Modern Mapping for Town Planners

    ⦁ What Mapping Tools are Displayed to the Public


    Co-ordinator:

    Bob Abnett  email: abnett@powerup.com.au  Telephone: (07) 3820-2621 0412-135-794






    • 4 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Level 6, Duhig Tower The University of Queensland Brisbane QLD 4072
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering

    Aim of tour/ visit:

    The visit will give visitors an insight into the Fryer Memorial Library of

    Australian Literature which was founded in 1927 in honour of John Denis Fryer. It has a rich store of books, manuscripts, photographs, architectural drawings, oral histories and much more. This will be the second visit with the aim to see more historic maps of Queensland and Australia.


    Pre Event Coffee:

    Our group will meet at Merlo’s Café, Duhig Building, UQ St Lucia Campus,

    Campbell Rd, St Lucia at 9:15-9:30am


    Fryer Library Event:

    Tour from 10:00 to 12:00pm


    Post Event Lunch:

    Approximately 12 noon at Wordsmiths Café Building 4, 2 Staff House Rd, St

    Lucia (dependent on completion of Fryer Library visit) 


    Co-ordinator:

    Coordinator: Kay Rees email: kayrees@gmail.com mob: 0402 101 555






    • 14 Oct 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Toowoomba & environs
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering


    Aim of tour/ visit:

    To gain a better understanding of the mapping history of the Darling Downs

    and Toowoomba, one of the earliest settled areas in Queensland.


    Possible Venues:

    Negotiations are underway with a range of Venue Options including –

    Toowoomba Regional Council (local history and historic maps); Toowoomba

    Art Gallery (Bolton Reading Room); Airborne Insight (drone operating firm);

    Australian Rail Track Corporation (inland rail project); Nexus Infrastructure

    (second range crossing); Wagner's (Wellcamp Airport); Cobb & Co Museum

    (historic transport and possible lunch venue for one of 5 days).


    Accommodation:

    TBA - Co-ordinator is looking into cabins with own cooking facilities, as a

    cheaper option than eating out every night. A possible Cabin Park is within

    a 15 minute walk of Toowoomba CBD. 


    Costs:

    Each attendee will cover their own travel, meals and accommodation costs. 


    Co-ordinator:

    Stuart Watt  email: swatt7@westnet.com.au  Mobile: 0421 726 741






    • 5 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Kalinga Park, at the car-park by Diggers Drive, off Park Avenue Kalinga - near the main (Anzac) gates
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering


    Aim of Visit/Tour:

    To understand how and where aboriginal habitation occurred in a part of the

    Brisbane Region prior to European Settlement. Ray Kerkhove, a well known

    researcher of Aboriginal Camp Sites and Pathways within the Brisbane Region prior to and after European settlement will undertake the Tour of Kedron Brook, Nundah.


    Tour Requirements:

    A bit of walking - along the pathways to Shaw Park - so good shoes, hat, water etc.


    Extra Tour Element:

    Ray can offer an additional Tour to German Station Park and the Nundah (German) Cemetery located there - to explain the attack that took place here and the camp on this site (the Cemetery is itself worth seeing being a remnant of the original German Station). This Offer is reliant upon numbers willing to register for it. It may extend the overall Tour by a little.


    Lunch:

    Italian bistro Royal Hotel, 1259 Sandgate Road Nundah


    Co-ordinator:

    Keith Treschman email: treschmankm@bigpond.com  mob: 0427 267 692





    • 2 Dec 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • RGSQ, 28 Fortescue Street Spring Hill Brisbane
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    Map Group Presentation & Gathering

    Celebration:

    A fitting finale to an exciting year! 

    Members are encouraged to bring along an item of geographical significance and share the interesting points of that item with the group.

    Group members to bring a plate to share at the end of year celebration.

    Co-ordinator:

    Bob Abnett  email: abnett@powerup.com.au  Telephone: (07) 3820-2621 0412-135-794








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