About the Mineralogical Society of New South Wales

Cerussite - Elura deposit (Endeavor Mine), NSW

The Mineralogical Society of New South Wales ("Min Soc NSW") promotes knowledge and enjoyment of mineral science and mineral collecting. The Society was founded in 1975, and includes both professional and lay people interested in mineralogy. We hold monthly meetings, and also organise field trips. Along with other Australian State Mineralogical Societies, we participate in the publication of the Australian Journal of Mineralogy.


We meet on the first Friday of the eleven months February to December unless that Friday is before a long weekend or is itself a public holiday, in which case the meeting is put back until the second Friday. Meetings start at 7.30pm. Visitors are very welcome. See list of future meeting dates and topics below. Meetings are held in the clubrooms of the Parramatta and Holroyd Lapidary Club at 73 Fullagar Rd, Wentworthville - see map below.

Forthcoming Meetings and Programs

Subject to circumstances some changes to the following schedule of program subjects and speakers may have to be made in due course.

December 6 2019

There will be a lecture given by David Colchester on ‘Why Rely on Nature When You Can Make Your Own Minerals’. There will also be a report to be given by Paul Meszaros on : - ‘The NSW Economic Rock and Mineral Collection – Latest Developments’. 


The Society does not hold General Meetings in January and the first Meeting in 2020 will be on February the 7th. Meetings will be held on the first Friday of each subsequent month through the year unless the first Friday is before a long weekend when the Meeting would be put back one week. This will be necessary in June and October next year.


There is a full schedule of General Meeting Evening Programs being planned for 2020 with lectures to be given on a number of subjects. These may include:- A Report on the 2019 Mineralogical Seminar in Perth; Opal Classification, Gold from the Beta Hunt Mine; Update on the Minerals of the Cobar Region; Description of the Ted Elliott Collection at Georgetown; Historical Hill End Photographs by Beaufoy Merlin; Minerals of Santori; Bismuth Carbonates; Mines of Cornwall.


There will also be the annual Kids with Cancer Sale held at the February 2020 meeting. Members will be invited to bring donations to the sale on the evening; a table will be set aside. The donor should label specimens with the name, source location and the price.

The Society has been organising the sales for over ten years now and each year has generated between one and two thousand dollars for the Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia. All donations are 100% for family assistance and for the cancer wards in children's hospitals with no management fees taken. The Foundation, (https://www.kidswithcancer.org.au/) is a non-profit Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) and registered charity with the 'Australian Charities & Not for Profit Commission, (ACNC).


The 2020 JOINT MINERALOGICAL SOCIETIES SEMINAR will be held in Sydney at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club over the October long weekend and the activities may last from Friday the 2nd to Tuesday the 6th of October or later depending on the length of the field trip program. 

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