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    • 3 Sep 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000

    RGSQ Lecture Series

    Kathy Neehouse


    • 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 Event

    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) 


    Ian Francis: email,  mob: 0457 628 033

    Fryer Library Map

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Binna Burra, Lamington National Park
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    Treks & Activities Event

    This walk is in the Binna Burra area of Lamington National Park.

    Meet at Canungra 8.00. Limit 12 people.

    Daves Creek Circuit is a walk of 12km on graded tracks.  There are areas of rainforest and heath land, a cave, views into the Numinbah Valley and even more distance views if you climb part or all of the way up Surprise Rock.  We will also take a short side track to a beautiful little waterfall.

    A retired geologist is coming along as a guest to give us information about the geology and formation of the area.

    Must take: A backpack with rain jacket, small first aid kit, torch (although you shouldn't need it) something warm to wear, morning tea, lunch and 1.5 - 2 L water. Sturdy boots/shoes must be worn as the ground is rough.  Don't forget sun and insect protection and a hat.  A walking stick may be useful.

    Meeting: We will meet in Canungra opposite the Post Office at 8.00am at the Canungra Hub Cafe. This cafe opens at 6.00 am so you may like to come early for breakfast or coffee.

    When registering please give your phone/mobile number, suburb and whether you are prepared to drive as we will arrange car pooling where possible.

    Coordinator: Mary Comer 0427 446 000

    • 17 Sep 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000

    RGSQ 2019 Annual General Meeting

    The business to be transacted at the meeting is:

    (i)         to receive the Council’s Report and the Statement of Income and Expenditure, Assets and Liabilities of the Society for the financial year to 30th June 2019.

    (ii)        to receive the Auditor’s Report in respect of the financial year to the 30th June 2019.

    (iii)       to appoint the Auditor in respect of the financial year to 30th June 2020.

    (iv)       to elect members of the Council.

    Explanatory Notes

    Business items (i) – (iii)

    Material supporting these items (Council’s Report and the Financial Reports, including the Auditor’s Report) will be available for those attending the meeting, and will be added to the Society’s website following the meeting.

    Business item (iv) Election of Members of the Council

    Under the Rules of the Society, all Councillors retire from office each year, and a new Council is elected by members. The Society Rules provide for a Council of thirteen (13) members. Any member may nominate (and be seconded) for election as a Councillor, and nominations can be lodged at any time up to the commencement of the meeting. For a copy of a Nomination Form, please contact us at The functions of a Councillor are set out in a document ‘Role Description – Councillors’, which can be obtained from the Executive Officer, or any current Councillor.

    • A light supper, tea & coffee will be served after the AGM.
    • 1 Oct 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000

    RGSQ Lecture Series

    Justin Noonan

    Take a journey across Australia and the USA as we hunt down the biggest storms on the planet! From thunderstorm set-ups and ingredients, to the ecstatic highs and devastating lows of chasing. Throw in a few life and death moments, along with some of the most picturesque scenes you will ever see! 

    Growing up in SE QLD, spring thunderstorms are something you become used to. The big flood of 1996 on the family farm along the Albert River would set off a series of events that would shape the person Justin Noonan is today. He began making his own weather maps and harassing the Bureau of Meteorology weekly about current events in my early teens. In 2001, he received his licence as a fresh faced 17 year old and ventured out on his first chase near Beaudesert. After many years of trying, 2010 was his first year chasing in the USA. He was lucky enough to see his first tornado and live out a life long dream. Every year since he has returned to the US, now with 87 tornadoes under his belt, including surviving the deadly Joplin Missouri EF5 tornado in 2011 which sadly killed 162 people. His passion is not limited to thunderstorms, in March 2017 he was in the eye of Category 4, TC Debbie and he has recently started chasing volcanoes. He has been fortunate enough to turn what was a hobby into a secondary job as well as being a forecaster for The Early Warning Network.


    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Toowoomba, Queensland
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    Map Group Event

    Stuart Watt (Warwick based Map Group member) has crafted an exciting 4 day event focusing on Toowoomba and Environs.  The Field Trip is tailored to Map Group members' interests and encompasses a diverse range of activities and educational opportunities.   The maximum tour size is 30.

    Highlights include:

    • Toowoomba – its history and development
    • The explorers
    • Drone mapping
    • Infrastructure in depth
    • Wellcamp airport tour
    • Transport history
    • Cobb and Co museum
    • Bolton reading room
    • and more

    Download the comprehensive the information brochure here.

    Transport:  Own transport to Toowoomba, members are encouraged to car pool for the trip.

    Accommodation:  Participants to arrange own accommodation, suggested accommodation detailed in the information brochure.  Suggested accommodation location and website.

    Entrance Fees:  Participants will pay entrance fees directly at the venue.

    Cost:  An administration fee is $20.00 for RGSQ Members and $30.00 for non Society members.

    A full printed itinerary will be provided for all attendees.

    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Queensland State Archives, 435 Compton Rd, Runcorn QLD 4113
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    Map Group Event

    Aim of tour/ visit:

    This is a follow up visit for Map Group to the QSA and is the second visit for 2019. 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.


    Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee available.

    QSA has imposed a limit of 12 attendees. Map Group will accept 12 registrations and 5 reserve reservations, just in case we have cancellations. As part of this Registration process, members are asked that those who attended the March 2019 visit to State Archives do not register so that other Map Group members may attend.


    Ian Francis  email:  Telephone: 0457 628 033

    Map - Queensland State Archives

    • 29 Oct 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • USC, K Block LT2, Sippy Downs

    RGSQ Lecture Series

    Syd Kirkby

    Syd will outline a brief history and genetic code of the fine but rarely displayed Australian ventures.

    University Sunshine Coast, K Block, Lecture Theatre 2

    • 1 Nov 2019
    • 3 Nov 2019
    • Gympie
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    Treks & Activities Event


    Friday 1st November to Sunday, 3rd November

    Come and join us for an interesting weekend at Gympie and Surrounds, including visits to the Woodworks and Gold Mining Museums as well as a ride on the Mary River Rattler and a visit to a Camel Dairy.

    Members only. Costs to be advised except you should book your accommodation as soon as possible if interested.

    Accommodation: Various Motels and accommodation options.

    Gympie Caravan Park will be the “Trip Centre”. There are reasonable costs for cabins or powered and unpowered sites, also pet friendly.

    Draft Programme:

    Friday 1 November: Check into accommodation (at own cost) at about 11am, and meet for lunch at 12pm at the Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre at 8 Fraser Road, on the Bruce Highway just North of the Town.  1pm. Guided Tour.

    5pm Happy Hour at Caravan Park. 7pm. Possible Group dinner at a local restaurant at own cost.

    Saturday 2 November: Gather at the Old Gympie Station, Tozer Street at 8.30am for a 9.00am departure on the Mary River Rattler to Aramoor arriving at 10am (One hour Stop and Turnaround). Return to Gympie by 12pm.

    12.30pm Meet at Gympie Gold Miming and Historical Centre for lunch and the Café. 1.30 Museum Guided Tour.

    5.00pm Happy Hour at Caravan Park. 7.00pm. Possible Self Catering at Caravan Park.

    Sunday 3 November: 9.30am. Gather at Caravan Park 10.00am Arrive at Camelot Camel Dairy, 49 Waugh Road, Scrubby Creek (about 20 minutes drive SW of Gympie) Tour of dairy and camel rides available! 12.00pm Lunch at Dairy Café. 1.00pm Depart for home via Scenic Route or of your choice

    Trip Organiser: Wayne McKenzie 0414 432 476

    • 5 Nov 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000

    RGSQ Lecture Series

    Julie Davis, Geography Teachers Association Queensland


    • 6 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

    Map Group Event

    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.


    Italian bistro Royal Hotel, 1259 Sandgate Road Nundah


    Ian Francis, email   mob. 0457 628 033

    Google Map of Meeting point

    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • St Helena Island, Moreton Bay
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    Treks & Activities Event

    Lets explore St Helena Island in Moreton Bay and probe its history.

    Where: St Helena Island National Park – Moreton Bay.

    When: 10 am Saturday 23rd November 2019 (Be at William Gunn Jetty, Manly, by 9:45 am)

    Cost: Members $85; Non-members $90 (Includes ferry, lunch, and guided walking tour)

    Transport: Own transport to Manly

    Duration: Five hours or a little more

    Parking: Google Maps shows an appreciable amount of car parking within 5 to 8 minutes walk. Trip Advisor indicates street parking is available within 5 to 8 minutes walk as well.

    Details: St Helena Island lies about 5 east of the mouth of the Brisbane River and has an area of about 80 hectares excluding mangroves.

    Evidence from middens shows that the island, known as Noogoon, was used by Aboriginal people for hunting dugong and flying-foxes and gathering shellfish.

    St Helena was originally intended to be a quarantine station but the buildings constructed for this purpose were converted into prison accommodation and the island functioned as a high security prison. A proclamation declaring the island a place of detention was signed by the Queensland Governor, Sir George Bowen, on 14 May 1867.

    By the end of the twentieth century, there were over 300 prisoners on the island, many of whom had been convicted of violent crimes. Prisoners were engaged in farming, with sugar, maize, lucerne and vegetables being produced; as well as ‘trade’ activities such as brickmaking, tailoring, and rope making.

    The prison was in decline by the 1920s and most prisoners and workshops were moved to Bogo Road Gaol. A number of buildings were dismantled and the last prisoner left the island on 15 February 1933. The island was gazetted a National Park in 1979 and as the first Historic Area in Queensland in 1980.

    Our guided tour with Cat O’Nine Tails Cruises will include buildings in the restricted zone and involve walking a little over 4 km. Lunch will be provided during the tour. Bring a bottle of water, sunscreen and a hat, and wear comfortable shoes.

    Co-ordinator: Bob Reid 0412 625944 (Mary Comer from 14 September to 1 November).

    • 2 Dec 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000

    SIG Event


    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.


    Ian Francis, email  mob. 0457 628 033

    Location Map

    • 3 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000

    RGSQ 2019 XMAS Party

    The President warmly invites its members and guests to enjoy a final get together for 2019. Come along and reminisce over your geographical adventures and catch up with your friends.

    The registration cost will cover drinks, tea, coffee and Christmas Cake. It would be much appreciated if members are able to bring a plate to share.

    I look forward to greeting you all on the night. On behalf of the RGSQ, I extend best wishes and season's greetings to all members and friends of RGSQ.


    • 9 Sep 2020
    • 20 Sep 2020
    • Alice Springs to Adelaide
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    Treks & Activities Event


    This exciting 12 day trip includes air-fares from Brisbane to Alice Springs, a luxury 4WD Tour Coach with a driver/guide and camp cook. Many included attractions as detailed below, as well as all breakfasts and dinners and most lunches. Some camping and some motels/cabins.

    Tentative Cost not exceeding $4500 per person twin share, with single supplement of $575.

    Maximum limit 20 people. Expressions of Interest at no cost to be registered as soon as possible, with first deposits of $125 per person required by 9 September 2019, $150 by 9 December 2019 and $350 by 9 March 2020. Full non-refundable balance per person required by 9 July 2020.

    Full Draft Itinerary, Accommodation and Coach Details:

    Day 1: Wednesday 09/09/20 – Arrive Alice Springs. (Stay 2 nights at Desert Palms in twin share cabins)

    Day 2: Thursday 10/09/20 – Alice Springs sightseeing

    Day 3: Friday 11/09/20 – Western Macdonald Ranges (Stay: Kings Creek Station Safari Cabins)

    Day 4: Saturday 12/09/20 – Kings Canyon & Uluru (Stay Yalara 2 nights camping in 2-person tents)

    Day 5: Sunday 13/09/20 – Uluru & Kata-Tjuta National Parks (Eyers Rock and the Olgas)

    Day 6: Monday 14/09/20 – Travel to Lambert Centre 2 nights (camping in 2-person tents)

    Day 7: Tuesday 15/09/20 – RGSQ Lambert Centre activities

    Day 8: Wednesday 16/09/20 – Travel to Coober Pedy (Stay Coober Pedy: twin share cabins)

    Day 9: Thursday 17/09/20 – Coober Pedy & William Creek (Stay: William Creek - Hotel accommodation)

    Day 10: Friday 18/09/20 – Optional Lake Eyre Scenic flight & Roxby Downs (Stay: Roxby Downs - camping in

    2-person tents)

    Day 11: Saturday 19/09/20 – Woomera & Port Augusta (motel accommodation)

    Day 12: Sunday 20/09/20 – depart Adelaide for home

    Included attractions:

    Alice Springs Sightseeing Tour including guided tour of Alice Springs Telegraph Station

    Entry and self-guided tour of Alice Springs Desert Park

    Entry to National Transport Hall of Fame & Ghan Museum, Alice Springs

    Western MacDonald Ranges including Stanley Chasm and Simpsons Gap

    Guided Rim Walk at Kings Canyon or self-guided canyon walk

    Sunset viewing of Uluru with drinks and nibbles

    Uluru Sunrise tour

    Guided base tour of Uluru

    Visit Uluru -Kata-Tjuta Cultural Centre

    Guided walk at Walpa Gorge at the Olgas

    Guided tour of Coober Pedy including underground mine, underground house and underground church

    Guided tour of Andamooka Opal Fields & Sunset tour at Roxby Downs

    Entry to Woomera Heritage Centre

    Entry to Wadlata Outback Centre in Port Augusta

    Meal inclusions:

    Daily breakfast – a mix of continental and cooked breakfast / 7 lunches / Daily 2 course dinners

    Royal Geographical Society of Queensland

    Dedicated 2-person coach crew including experience driver/guide and camp cook

    The 4WD Coach:

    22 reclining seats with lap-sash seat belts and plenty of leg room

    Arm rests & foot rests to each set of seats (no foot rests in front row)

    Road-cam – see what's happening up ahead via the TV monitor in passenger saloon

    Large windows with curtains

    Overhead luggage racks

    Overhead reading lights to each seat

    Reverse cycle – climate-controlled air-conditioning

    Air bag suspension for comfort

    Onboard fridge and freezer

    Onboard hot water urn

    Kitchen facilities

    Onboard rest room – rear of coach (not in passenger saloon)

    Luggage storage facilities

    Satellite phone for emergency contact in remote areas

    Camping equipment

    Two (2) person tents, equipped with camp stretcher, air mattress and/or bed roll.

    All plates, cups, bowls and eating utensils for meals will be supplied by Stonestreets Travel

    Guests should bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, towel & 12-volt light / torch for tent and getting around

    at night.

    To learn more about the Lambert Centre please click here

The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland Inc
Gregory Place, Level 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000
Tel 07 3368 2066
ABN 87 014 673 068

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