The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland Inc
Treks & Activities Event
The tour includes morning tea, Tour and Tasting at the distillery followed by lunch (own cost) at the Beenleigh RSL after which we shall visit the Poppy’s Chocolate Factory.
Beenleigh Rum was established over 130 years ago and still operates from their original site on the banks of the Albert River.
Join us for a tour of the distillery followed by an included tasting of selected products from either the “Classic Rum Experience” or the “Distiller’s Selection”. Products are also available for purchase, for those who wish to indulge. Our tour will be followed by lunch.
Following lunch we will travel to poppy’s Chocolate Factory where we will be greeted with gourmet samples to taste prior to being enlightened about the craft of chocolate making and shown a glimpse of the art. Each member will be presented with a ‘goodie’ bag containing 5 different chocolates to take home (or consume on the way).
This is a bus tour and numbers are limited to 25. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Closed shoes must be worn.
Coordinator: Wayne MacKenzie
Contact the office for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Northside 08:00 AM Park Av. Eagle Junction Southside 08:20 AM Mains Road Park and Ride
Map Group Gathering
Neville has been undertaking the project of mapping Brisbane's history in association with the Brisbane City Council and local historical societies.
Gold coin donation for morning tea.
Transport: Members to make own arrangements. Car pooling is recommended since parking is limited.
RGSQ Website - Information Evening
The new RGSQ website is now operational at https://rgsq.org.au
The normal monthly lecture will be dedicated to introducing members to the features of the new RGSQ website. A short overview of the site and demonstration of the membership and event systems, will be followed by hands-on assistance and a Q&A session. Bring your own device (laptop, tablet or mobile phone – we will provide a Wi-Fi network link) to explore our new website. We will have some laptops for use on the night for those members who are unable to bring a device.
As well as providing a better way of informing the community about RGSQ, the new website will allow members and guests (where appropriate) to:
The system uses email addresses for logging in and for communication; your email is the key to engaging with the new site and the RGSQ into the future. For those members who do not not wish to engage in electronic communications, the existing printed and postal service will remain for the time being. We would like to get a current working email address for each member of the Society, including individuals included in Household memberships. If you don’t think we have your latest email address either email it into the office at email@example.com, phone the office on 07 3368 2066 (please include your membership number as shown on your latest renewal notice) or bring it along to this information evening.
Sessions will be held in the RGSQ office for those members who cannot make this session and would like assistance with using the new website. Dates and times for these sessions are yet to be determined. Please ring or email the office if you would like some help.
RGSQ Lecture Series
Ken Granger, past President RGSQ
During WW II, British air photo interpreters produced an in-house magazine with the very clever title “Evidence in Camera”. The title not only reflected the wealth of critical intelligence gleaned from the aerial photos obtained by specially equipped aircraft over occupied Europe; it also reflected the “behind closed doors” secret nature of their work.
A good example of this work is the way that photos obtained by an RAF reconnaissance aircraft over Germany’s Baltic coast in April 1943 were analysed to confirm the establishment of the V-1 flying bomb and V-2 ballistic missile test facility at Peenemunde. That analysis provided the intelligence that led to heavy air raids on the site as well as the targeting of V-1 launch facilities being built along the French coast. Had these weapons reached full operational status, the D-Day landings in 1944 may have been impossible and the outcome of the War made uncertain.
Neither the technology that acquired the photos nor the methods employed to analyse them were new. At the time, they were simply at the leading edge of an evolutionary stream that began as early as 1909 and continues to evolve to this day. In this lecture Ken Granger traces the history of aerial reconnaissance from the use of observers in a balloon during the Battle of Fleurus in 1794 during the French Revolutionary War, to the integrated use of high resolution imaging satellites, technologies such as GPS and GIS, sophisticated databases and spatial modelling routines to produce what is now called geospatial intelligence.
Ken is well placed to tell this story. He has been fascinated by the observation of the land from above ever since his first flight in a Tiger Moth as a 14-year-old in the mid-1950s. He was introduced to photo interpretation and simple photogrammetric tools in the early 1960s and went on to map the forest resources and land use of PNG over the next 8 years. During the 1970s and 80s he worked in the “black world” of strategic intelligence using a range of imaging systems as well as early database and computer mapping technologies. For the past 28 years he has applied these skills and knowledge to the analysis of the risks posed by a wide range of natural and anthropogenic hazards to communities and their critical infrastructures.
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2 (K Block) Parking area P6
Map Group Event
Ian Francis has arranged this special tour for the RGSQ Map Group of the MacArthur Museum. The tour includes examining some of the museum's collection of WW2 maps.
Lunch after at the Victory Hotel.
Cost: $5 + lunch ~$11 - $17
Transport: Members to make own arrangements.
At Lamington National Park we will assemble in the Heritage Room, which is next to the Information Centre, for a welcome by a Ranger at 10.00.
Following this there will be a local walk with information regarding geological formation of the area, some history of the O`Reilly family, rescue of survivors of the Stinson plane crash and the making of walking tracks. Also the opportunity to visit the Tree Top Walk and Rainforest Gardens.
Suggest that you have morning tea at Canungra and then bring either a picnic lunch to have in the National Park or buy lunch at the cafe. If you think that you may want to venture off the bitumen please wear boots or sturdy shoes as the tracks could be muddy and will definitely be uneven. A walking stick could be useful.
Self drive to Canungra and meet at the Hub Cafe which opens at 06:00. Car pool to leave at 09:00. Car groups can leave when they wish but please let Bernard or Mary know. We do not want people going missing !
Coordinator: Bernard Fitzpatrick, Mary Comer
Sylvia is the Geospatial Processing and Technical Solutions Manager at Geoimage Pty Ltd. Sylvia is a practising spatial map maker
A guided walk and train ride in the Roma Street Parklands, lunch at a local restaurant followed by a visit to the Queensland Police Museum.
The area that is now called Roma Street Parkland has a long and varied history. It was a meeting place for local Aboriginal people prior to European settlement, a gazetted park in the 1870s, a railway terminal station was built in 1875 and markets traded here until 1964. The area that is now called Roma Street Parkland has been a focal point for the people and commerce of Brisbane.
Well known by garden and plant enthusiasts for its exceptional horticultural standards, it is also an important community asset and popular visitor destination. The Parkland was opened in April 2001.
Join us for a walk with knowledgeable local guides and experience a short train ride around the park before lunch (cost included).
After lunch we will visit the Queensland Police Museum which will include a 25 minute presentation followed by free time to have a look at the many displays describing police heritage, Queensland crimes, police investigative techniques, medals, the history of police women, operational equipment and transport, amongst others. Their simulated murder scene is a popular attraction - maybe try your hand at solving this crime.
Coordinator: Kay Rees
Meet at The Hub, Roma Street Parklands
The Fryer Library has some historical maps of Queensland and other geographical artefacts, including some some old RGSQ artefacts.
Lunch at cost will be available on campus.
Transport: Members to make own arrangements. Car pooling is recommended. Car parking on campus is not free.
A presentation by various Map Group members who have mapping backgrounds. David Carstens will explain difficulties involved in the production of a map at Mawson in Antarctica in 1963 and relate "a typical error" in the Readers Digest Atlas.
Paul Coghlan describes the Engineering Consequences of a Survey Error.
James Hansen will cover errors by Ptolemy, deliberate errors by Columbus and errors by Corrigan.
Stuart Watt will show that "Even the best can miss a detail” (An error of scale on an orienteering map).
This walk in the O`Reilly`s area of Lamington National Park will be approximately 10kms but there are places that people many leave if they do not want to go that far.
We will walk down the Wishing Tree track, along the upper reach of Morans Creek, along a 4WD road to a lookout area and have morning tea here.
From here we follow the Morans Falls graded track uphill to meet the road. There are a few steps here also a good view of the Falls. Then out to Python Rock with good views. From here we will if the group, or some of the group, wish to continue on a trail to the fabulous West Cliff for lunch. After this back to O`Reilly`s for coffee at the cafe.
Must take : A small backpack with rain jacket, small first aid kit, torch (although you shouldn`t need it !) something warm to wear and morning tea, lunch and 1/2 – 2 L water. Sturdy shoes/boots must be worn as the ground is rough. Don`t forget sun and insect protection and a hat.
We may be able to organise car pooling from Brisbane. Please indicate your preferences when registering or talk to the RGSQ office.
Meet: Opposite Post Office Canungra at 08:00.
Coordinator: Mary Comer
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org - (07) 3368 2066
Maleny Botanical Gardens & Bird World
BYO morning tea to have while we enjoy the beautiful botanical gardens and aviary. Devonshire Teas are available for $11.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: 233 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Guided tour after BYO lunch at picnic tables in a beautiful bush setting. Cafe open for lunch and snacks at own expense.
Time: 12:45 PM to 04:00 PM
Location: 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny
A presentation by Map Group members
Members are encouraged to bring along an interesting artefact or map for "Show and Tell".
Cost: Gold coin donation for morning tea. Members to bring a plate to share.
The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland Inc
237 Milton Road, Milton Q 4064
[P] 07 3368 2066 [F] 07 3367 1011ABN 87 014 673 email@example.com