The Mineralogical Society
of New South Wales

Welcome to the Mineralogical Society of NSW

Do you marvel at the beauty of mineral specimens and crystals, collect minerals and gems as a hobby, or have a scientific interest in their formation and chemistry?

The Society, founded in 1975, promotes the appreciation and learning of mineral science and mineral collecting. Members include fossickers, mineral collectors, professional mineralogists and geologists.

Monthly general meetings are usually held in the Parramatta area, however due to Covid-19 are currently suspended and being held online via Zoom. An email invitation will be sent to members prior to the meeting.


06aug7:00 pm9:00 pmMoved OnlineAugust MeetingThe program in August will be the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. The A.G.M. will be followed by the Mayne-Walker Memorial Lecture to be given this year by Professor Martin van Kranendonk who will deliver a lecture on : – ‘The Role of Minerals in the Emergence of Life: Lessons from Deep Time Earth and the Test Tube’.


03sep7:00 pm9:00 pmSeptember MeetingThe original scheduled program may have to be changed depending on whether speakers can present their lecture by virtual mode if pandemic restrictions are still in place.


02octAll Day04Moved Online43rd Annual Combined Mineralogical Societies of Australasia SeminarThe 43rd Annual Combined Mineralogical Societies of Australasia Seminar will be held on the theme of ’43 Shades of Silver’ over the October long weekend. Due to the continuing COVID pandemic and mandated substantial restrictions with no timetable for these being ended completely or partially by October the Society Committee has taken the regretable decision to cancel the live Seminar in October and replace it with a virtual meeting as was provided in 2020. The Seminar will now be free to all participants and the few that have paid their registration will be refunded. We were greatly encouraged by the attendance last year, and hope 2021 will be the same. A Field Trip program was being planned as part of the Seminar activities and visits to mining or mineralogically-significant sites may still be possible to arrange.There will be a talk to be given by Dieter Mylius on ‘Surprising Bismuth Minerals in the Australian Museum’. The annual Mineral Auction is postponed.

What we do

Learn about minerals

Our monthly meetings have a varied program of presentations suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Collect minerals

The Society provides many opportunities to acquire mineral specimens by purchase, field collecting, swapping and gifting.

Go on field trips

There is nothing like going out bush and collecting your own minerals on a field trip with friends from the society.

Share knowledge

The combined knowledge of our members about both Australian and overseas minerals is immense, and is generously shared.

Visit the micro world

Microscopes reveal an amazing variety of mineral colour, shape and form not obvious to the naked eye.

Soak up some science

Mineral occurrences, ore deposits, and the sciences of crystallography and mineral chemistry are all part of studying minerals.