Colin Harris spent 30 years of his career in the SA Government Environment Department, with his final role as Director of Biodiversity Conservation. He has been actively involved in the conservation and management of mound springs since the early 1970s and for this, and other conservation work, he was awarded the Public Service Medal in 1999. He is the foundation President of the Friends of Mound Springs and continues to hold that role.
Forty years ago Colin Harris delivered his Presidential address to the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia on the mound springs, outstanding features of the outback environment. The springs were an unfailing source of water for Indigenous people and were fundamental to European exploration and settlement of large areas of inland Australia. Forty years on, the springs remain under pressure from mining, pastoralism and tourism. Colin will review the current state of the springs and the effectiveness of our conservation efforts.
Gold coin for RGSSA members, $10 for non-members.
The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Lecture Program is supported by the State Library of South Australia.
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How do I get to the State Library by public transport?
The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.
You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.
Is there car parking near the State Library?
The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.
There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.
Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?
Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.
There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.
How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?
You can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays. The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.
Is there a cafe at the State Library?
Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.
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