Sprigg lecture series

Dr Reg Sprigg AO sm

Dr Reg Sprigg AO                                                      

The Sprigg lecture series provides visitors with access to the latest research and thinking around scientific and cultural discoveries at a local and global level and to engage with scientific ideas that affect them and their world, now and in the future.

These free lectures commemorate the life of Dr Reg Sprigg AO, a remarkable South Australian geologist who discovered the world’s oldest fossilised animals in the Flinders Ranges in 1946, now internationally recognised as the Ediacara fossils.

The Sprigg lecture series will return in 2019. In the meantime, please enjoy these recordings of previous lectures. 


Sprigg lecture series: Assoc. Prof.  Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts

Associate Professor Amy Roberts - Aboriginal Transitions in the Murray River Corridor: From the Pleistocene to the Present

Tuesday 13th August 2019, 6pm – 7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary wine tasting prior to the talk)

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Associate Professor Amy Roberts is an archaeologist and anthropologist who works collaboratively with Aboriginal communities in South Australia. In recent years she has worked on a broad ranging project with the River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation and with their support her talk will canvass some of the results of their field work.


Amy is the lead investigator for the ARC Linkage project 'White People had the Gun: Interrogating the Riverland's Colonial Frontier' and a CI on the ARC Discovery project 'Ochre Archaeomicrobiology'. Prior to her appointment as an academic at Flinders University she worked as an ‘expert’ for a number of native title cases – including for the First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region which achieved a successful determination. She continues to work in a consulting capacity on native title, Aboriginal heritage and stolen generations matters.


Amy is currently the Editor for the peer reviewed Journal of the Anthropological Society of South AustraliaShe is also a committee member on the Australian National Committee for Archaeology Teaching and Learning, a member of the South Australian Museum Board Research Advisory Committee and a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards for Australian Archaeology and Rock Art Research.


Suitable for ages 12+

There is no need to print a physical ticket. Museum staff will check off your name at the door.

As places are strictly limited please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you are unable to attend so we can secure a place for others.

Please note: The current experience, David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive VR, will not be available during the Sprigg lecture. For more information on the VR experience, please click here.

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email programs@samuseum.sa.gov.au.

Supported by The Adelaide Review | Hot 100 Wines | The Nature Conservancy Australia


Previous Sprigg lectures

Dr. Heidi Alleway and Dr. Dominic McAfee,  Restoring the reef, April 2019

Dr. Emma Sherratt, The shape of life and the museum of possible formsOctober 2018

Professor Bronwyn Gillanders, Giant Australian cuttlefish in South Australian waters, August 2018

Professor John Tibby, Mega-droughts and flooding rains: the natural climate history of eastern Australia, June 2018

Dr. Mike Lee, Snakes with legs and dinosaurs with wings,  April 2018

Dr. Phil Weinstein, Biodiversity and human health, November 2017.

Dr. Liz Reed, Naracoorte’s fossil caves: extraordinary windows into Australia’s recent past, August 2017

Dr. Peter Veth, Kimberley Visions: rock art dynamics of northern AustraliaMay 2017

Professor Aaron Corn, The Didjeridu: an Australian icon, March 2017

Professor Rachael Popelka-Filcoff, Spectroscopic Views into the Past,: Characterisation of Aboriginal Australian Pigments at the South Australian MuseumApril 2016