2017 at RGSQ


RGSQ lectures are free and open to the public. 


"The Northwest Passage Now – a geographer’s journey" by Dr Lynn Moorman, Mount Royal University, Canada 

 Tue June 6, 7:30 pm"Gregory House", 237 Milton Rd

 Sea ice at Erebus and Terror Bay, Nunavut, the site of Sir John Franklin's winter encampment in 1845-46 during his search for the Northwest Passage. Courtesy of Lynn Moorman.

Dr. Lynn Moorman (Ph.D., University of British Columbia – Geographic Education; MSc and BSc (Hons), University of Calgary, Geography) is a Professor at Mount Royal University, in Calgary, Canada. 

In 2016, Lynn was invited to be the Geoscientist on board a commercial expedition with Adventure Canada through the Northwest Passage, providing a geographic perspective and interpreting the landscapes for fellow staff and passengers. Her presentation will follow this journey, from Canada’s western Arctic right through to the western coast of Greenland, including geological and wildlife highlights, and learning opportunities with local Inuit communities.

"Shrinking Glaciers? Cautionary Tales from North America and New Zeeland" by Prof. Jamie Shulmeister, University of Queensland

Tue June 27, 7:15 pm, University of the Sunshine Coast

Special RGSQ Lecture organised in association with the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Details of exact venue will be advertised closer to the day.

Image: The Franz Josef Glacier in Westland, New Zealand, in the winter of 2007. Courtesy of James Shulmeister.

Jamie Shulmeister is a Physical Geographer who specialises in Geomorphology and the science of past climate change. He is a Professor of Geography at the University of Queensland. While he works from the tropics to the poles, glaciers are his favourite research topic. He was worked on them worldwide, including in Antarctica, Tibet Plateau, Rockies and especially in New Zealand. Jamie is the current President of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland.

Mountain Glaciers are regarded as one of the canaries in the mine for global warming. They are very sensitive to changes in temperature and around the world many mountain glaciers have retreated very rapidly.  In some places, like the European Alps, this retreat has been going on for centuries. In others it is much more recent.  Despite the overall pattern, a few glaciers in regions as far apart the Pacific north-west of America and New Zealand bucked the global trend.  In the talk Prof. Shulmeister will outline what is happening to glaciers world wide, why the NZ and Pacific NW glaciers were different and why they are now also retreating.




Thu 15 June

To book: contact RGSQ at 07 3368 2066 or email at admin@rgsq.org.au.

An illustrated talk following the Murray from Goolwa to Albury

During the illustrated talk explore the scenery, the vegetation (magnificent eucalypts), land forms and land use from cultivation to grazing to pine clad hills, the spectacular coloured cliffs, very old and very new hotels and housing, 'millions' of houseboats particularly near Echuca and 'tinnies', locks, lakes and dams, the Snowy Hydro scheme (not on the Murray) and so much more.

 July:  Rocks and Coals of the Ipswich Basin

Wed 26 July

To book: contact RGSQ at 07 3368 2066 or email at admin@rgsq.org.au


Much of the geography of SE Queensland is written in the 400 M year geology of the region. Warwick Willmott and David Trezise of the Geological Society of Australia will guide us through the formation of the Ipswich area in late Triassic period of around 200 M years ago. Members will recall that Warwick has delivered a number of fascinating lectures at RGSQ and has edited a number of publications of the Geological Society including “Rocks and Landscapes of Brisbane and Ipswich”, which will be available for purchase on the day.

* The Society's 2015/16 Annual Report may be downloaded HERE.

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC
Governor of Queensland