The Royal Society of New South Wales is the oldest learned society in the Southern Hemisphere, tracing its origin to the Philosophical Society of Australasia, founded in Sydney in 1821. It became the Royal Society of New South Wales by Royal Assent in 1866 and was incorporated by an Act of the NSW Parliament in 1881.
The Society encourages "...studies and investigations in Science, Art, Literature and Philosophy" through activities such as: Publications of results of scientific investigations through its Journal and Proceedings.
The Society's Southern Highlands Branch is located in the Southern Highlands of NSW. It conducts monthly lectures at Mittagong, mostly but not exclusively on scientific topics. Both members and visitors are most welcome to attend.More about membership