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    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong
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    Treks & Activities Event


    Specimen collected by Banks and Solander from the Endeavour River, Queensland, Cook's voyage 1770

    Directions: From Brisbane, turn left off Mt Coot-tha Road into the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and park in the main car park. UBD 158 L13. Public Transport is available on Bus Route 471 from the City and the Ring Road bus routes 598 and 599 stopping in the Gardens.

    This is a repeat event since there is a lot of demand.

    To avoid car parking issues at the Botanic Gardens, we will meet at 9.15am on the lawn near the Herbarium. It is on the right close to the car park before you enter the actual Gardens. There is an overflow car park on the other side of the road opposite the Main Vehicle Entrance.

    At 9.30am Ralph Dowling will give a presentation on "The Arctic and Antarctica - Same but Different" 

    Ralph will take us through some of the many differences and similarities between the Arctic and Antarctica regions and the reasons for those differences and similarities.  As well he will discuss some of the history of the early exploration of these polar regions prior to 1900 concentrating on the early explorers and scientists who had connections to Australia.  Many of their names will be familiar to us here in Australia.  The talk will conclude with a visit to Antarctica and its spectacular scenery. Well, a virtual visit!

    At about 10.45am we will tour the Herbarium and its collections. 

    They include historically important specimens, including those collected by:

    • Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander during Cook’s voyage along eastern Australia in 1770
    • explorers Robert Brown, Ludwig Leichhardt and Amalie Dietrich
    • early Queensland botanists Frederick Manson Bailey, Cyril Tenison White and Leonard Brass.

    We will book lunch for 12.00pm at the The Botanic Gardens Cafe, at own cost. (This cafe is also open for morning and afternoon tea before and after our trip if needed).

    There will be then plenty of opportunity to walk around the beautiful gardens in your own time. 


    Coordinator: Chris Spriggs. 0400 908 378

    Cost: Members $5, Guests $10. Strictly limited to 19 people.

    • 4 May 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • On premises and via Zoom

    RGSQ Lecture Series

    Prof. Patrick Moss - Deputy Head of School, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland; RGSQ Councillor

    Image source:The Conversation May 18, 2020

    The key causes for the extinction of Australia’s megafauna (marsupials, reptile and birds >44 kg) around 50,000 to 40,000 years ago has been a highly contentious issue for Australian archaeology and palaeoecology. Key reasons have been attributed to overhunting by people, habitat change associated with human burning and/or natural climate change. This presentation will examine key palaeoecological sites from northern Queensland, central/southeast Queensland (including one site, South Walker Creek, in which palynological data has been directly related to megafaunal remains) and Tasmania to examine the landscapes of eastern Australia during the period of megafaunal extinction (Marine Isotope Stage 3). Evidence will be primarily drawn from analysis of fossil pollen and charcoal to provide insight into the environmental setting of the region, which in turn will illustrate the complexity associated with climate change and human presence within the region. This has important implications for resolution of the megafaunal extinction debate within Australia.

    Please note: If you have registered for the Zoom live stream the lecture link will be emailed to you closer to the lecture date. Also, please make sure your microphone and camera are turned off when you join the meeting. The lecture may be recorded as well.

    If you have any questions, please email us at

    RGSQ premises: Level 1, 28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill, Qld, 4000

    • 7 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • Harrisville
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    Experience Australia’s largest Camel dairy- Farm and Homestead food

    Self drive to 8 Charles Chauvel Drive, Harrisville  (Scenic Rim)

     Visit the dairy and learn about the importance of camels in Australia’s history and how the camels are milked. See the processing facility, the products and learn the benefits to human health. Taste the products

    Lunch: Enjoy an alternate drop, creamy caramel gelato dessert and tea or coffee with camel milk. Morning tea is own arrangement. (suggest Café Queens Park, Ipswich)

    Meet 10.00 at the Farm for 10.30am Tour  

    Directions: from Brisbane (allow 60 -45 mins) Take M3 Motorway until exit right onto M7 towards Ipswich and Toowoomba. Follow M2 merging onto National Highway 15 (Cunningham Hwy to Warwick) approx. 45 kms. Turn left onto Charles Chauvel Drive and left into Summer Land Camel farm.
    Bring an esky. You may wish to purchase products ( fromage blanc, Persian feta and camel milk.) Camel ride in garden is extra $20.

    Cost: Members $55, Non-Members $60 including lunch and tour.

    Please notify dietary requirements- vegetarian / gluten free.

    Covered in shoes required.

    Hope you can join us

    Coordinator: Jeanette Lamont

    Fun fact from the Weekend Australian 27/2/2021:

    Road Test: Summer Land Camel Milk & Honey Vodka

    What is it? A tipple fit for Cleopatra: it’s a vodka made with camel’s milk and honey!

    Camel’s milk? Yup. Specifically, from a dromedary named Yolanda, grande dame of the Summer Land camel farm in Queensland’s Scenic Rim. The honey’s from bees that feed on local flowering blue gums.

    Full marks for provenance, then. And for resourcefulness, too. Summer Land turns the milk from its herd into skincare products, and everything from cheese to gelato and “camelccinos” at the farm gate. Now, this “world first” triple-distilled small batch (300 bottles) vodka, too.

    Is it nice? It’s a cracker: smooth and characterful, with caramel and floral notes on the nose that carry through on the palate. It would be a shame to mix something so unique, and so expensive; better to drink it neat with a little ice. Only question is, one hump or two? Boom boom, etc.

    $179 (500ml),

    • 11 May 2021
    • 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Gregory Place, Level1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill, Qld, 4000

    Map Group Event

    Presenter:   Iraphne Childs  RGSQ President

    Topic Overview: Debates still occur as to how the peopling of the Pacific took place. During his three voyages across the Pacific, Cook was puzzled to find remote islands inhabited. One thing is beyond doubt, the Polynesians were superb navigators, whose skills and navigation techniques were so different from those used by western explorers like Cook. This talk will present some maps and mapping techniques used by the Polynesians when sailing across this vast ocean and settling the Pacific islands.

    Event Requirements:  This event will be conducted in keeping with Health Department Covid-19 directions regarding social distancing, good hygiene practices and group size in force for the venue at the time of the event.

    Costs:  $2:00 contribution towards morning tea

    Limit: 20.  Registration on the website required.

    Coordinator:  Kay Rees

    • 30 Jun 2021
    • 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Gregory Place, Level1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill, Qld, 4000

    Map Group Event

    Presenters:   Daphne Stephens RGSQ and Map Group member (retired town planner) and Drew Westbrook, Senior Town Planner, Veris.

    Topic Overview:   Challenges within town planning decisions are vast and many and often leave residents unsatisfied.  Just which issues and who’s side is taken for the final Council/Court decision. 

    This talk will have Daphne speaking about the controversial old ABC site in Toowong: current town planning requirements; a past approval and appeal and, a possible future use.    Drew both works and lives in Fortitude Valley and will outline the Valley’s conflict between residential living and the entertainment locations, and other sites.     

    Event Requirements:  This event will be conducted in keeping with Health Department Covid-19 directions regarding social distancing, good hygiene practices and group size in force for the venue at the time of the event.

    Costs:  $2:00 contribution towards morning tea

    Limit:  20.  Registration on the website required.

    Coordinator:  Neville McManimm

    • 13 Jul 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Sunshine Coast Hinterland
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    Treks & Activities Event

    A relaxing day by bus to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for morning tea and a walk in the rainforest. Followed by Christmas lunch at Tranquil Park Maleny

    Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
    The reserve comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest. It is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which delights with its tranquility and beauty. Take time to explore the Rainforest Discovery Centre and/or take a short stroll through rainforest tracks. Morning Tea is BYO or at own cost  available at the on-sire cafe

    Tranquil Park
    Enjoy the beautiful views overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains for the Traditional Christmas Roast with meats, ham, roast vegetables and plum pudding or pavlova for dessert. Drinks not included

    Pick-up Location Map  Bus Stop 27 Park Road, Eagle Jnc Railway Station at 8.00am.

    Also a second pick up at Landsborough Railway Station at 9.00am.

    Return to Brisbane by approx 3.30pm.

    Cost/Numbers: $85 Members, $90 Non-Members including lunch and bus.

    Register and pay on line by 30 June.

    It promises to be a very relaxing and enjoyable day. Do hope you can join us.

    Coordinator: Jeanette Lamont

    • 5 Aug 2021
    • 8:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • 6 Aug 2021
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Upper Brisbane River and Stanley River areas
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    Map Group Event

    Trip Manager:  Ralph Carlisle    Mobile  0435 460 667

    Topic Overview: This two-day road trip will be an exploration of the Upper Brisbane River and Stanley River areas.   Themes will include geology, physical geography, aborigines, early European explorers and settlers, pastoral and agricultural activities, forestry, mining and quarrying, the former rail line, flooding and water management, weather prediction.

    The general route will be as follows:

    • Day 1: Lowood – Wivenhoe Dam – Esk - Somerset Dam – Toogoolawah – Moore - Linville
    • Day 2: Linville - Mt Stanley - East Branch Rd - return to Linville – Moore - D’Aguilar Highway – Benarkin State Forest - D’Aguilar Highway – Kilcoy – Peachester – Crohamhurst – Mary Cairncross Park - return to Brisbane

    It will be a self-drive, tag-along, ‘through’ trip of about 300 km from Lowood to Mary Cairncross Park with an overnight at Linville.  Roads are sealed throughout except for unsealed but good roads along the East Branch Road (8 km return unsealed with concrete causeway river crossings) and in Benarkin Forest (4 km return).

    It may be cold at night so bring your winter woollies!


    • Lowood (start of trip 8.00 am Thursday 5 August at Lowood Showgrounds, Station St)  There are three options:
      • Make an early start from Brisbane that morning or
      • Drive from Brisbane on Wednesday afternoon 4 August and:
        • Camp overnight at Lowood Showgrounds, or
        • Stay overnight at the Lowood Club Hotel-Motel (50 Railway St, about 100 metres from the Showground) or other accommodation
    • Linville (overnight Thursday 5 August) – Two options:
      • Stay overnight at the Linville Hotel (on the road through Linville) or
      • Camp overnight at the Somerset Regional Council camping reserve over the road from the hotel (free, large area, two powered sites, toilets, showers at hotel, no bookings)

    Tentative block accommodation bookings have been made at Lowood Showgrounds (0455 187 201 – Annette and Scott, caretakers) and Linville Hotel (5424 7780) but remain the participant’s responsibility to finalise and pay for.  If making a booking, please mention that you are part of the RGSQ group.

    Meals and refreshments will be participant’s responsibility and own expense.

    Event Requirements:  This event will be conducted in keeping with Health Department Covid-19 directions regarding social distancing, good hygiene practices and group size in force for the venue at the time of the event.

    Costs for the two days:  RGSQ Members $30       Non-members $50.         This covers RGSQ administration costs and daily information handout sheets.  If you wish to attend for one day only that is OK although the cost will remain as above.

    Limit:  20 participants.  Registration on the RGSQ Website required.

    Google map of Station Street, Lowood.,152.5805333,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b96bb2c1b51b4c1:0x38746c4b2c5f44c7!8m2!3d-27.4622335!4d152.582722

    • 17 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Chermside
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    Treks & Activities Event


    When:  10 am to 12:30 pm Tuesday 17 August 2021 (Lunch available afterwards)

    Location:  Chermside Historical Precinct. 61, Kittyhawk Drive Chermside

    Spaces left:  30

    Parking: .Kedron–Wavell Services club carpark about 200 m South of the precinct. (21, Kittyhawk Drive). A pickup from the carpark can be arranged if required.

    Registration and morning tea: Members $7, Non members $12 (also donation box at Centre door)

    Organiser:  Bob Reid Phone 0412625944.

    We will meet at the Centre at 10 am for morning tea and afterwards volunteers from the Library will give us a presentation on the battle lasting about an hour. This will be followed by a video including scenes from the field. We will then have an opportunity to look at the resources of the Centre. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions after the presentation and video, and while we are having a look around.

    Lunch will be at the Kedron–Wavell Services Club at own expense.

    The World War II battle for Milne Bay took place between 25 August and 7 September 1942 and its conclusion marked the first defeat of Japanese forces on land.

    Milne Bay dominates the south-eastern extremity of Papua New Guinea and was strategically significant to both the Allies and the Japanese. It was a potential air base to give Allied support to sea lanes between Australia and Port Moresby and to allow aircraft to be deployed to the north and north-east. For the Japanese, an air base at Milne Bay would have allowed them to bomb Port Moresby and northern Australia and harass allied shipping.

    Google Maps Link:

    • 14 Sep 2021
    • 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Gregory Place, Level1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill, Qld, 4000

    Map Group Event

    Presenter:   Keith Treschman, Map Group and RGSQ Member

    Topic Overview: Firstly seen by Galileo in 1610, Europa is one of the moons of Jupiter visible through binoculars. Its interesting surface has been mapped by the spacecrafts Galileo and Juno. The findings will be described.

    Magnetometer readings have suggested that Europa has a subsurface ocean of salty liquid water, 3 times that of Earth, even though it is smaller than our Moon. Data have suggested that below this is a source of thermal plumes similar to Earth’s mid-ocean ridges where life exists. Europa Clipper is planned for launch by NASA in 2024 to investigate further whether the conditions on Europa might support life.

    Event Requirements:  This event will be conducted in keeping with Health Department Covid-19 directions regarding social distancing, good hygiene practices and group size in force for the venue at the time of the event.

    Costs:  $2:00 contribution towards morning tea

    Limit: 20.  Registration on the website required.

    Coordinator:  Kay Rees

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