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.


02octAll Day04Moved Online43rd Annual Combined Mineralogical Societies of Australasia SeminarThe October Meeting will be the 43rd Annual Combined Mineralogical Societies of Australasia Seminar to be held by Zoom virtual mode on the theme of ’43 SHADES OF SILVER’ over Saturday and Sunday the 2nd and 3rd of October. There will be no Friday evening meeting this month.

The Seminar will open on Saturday at 10.45am and present a series of talks by speakers through to 3.00pm. The Sunday program will be the same length but starting at 11.45am through to 4.00pm since Daylight Saving will have been brought in on Sunday morning for NSW but not for all other states. The times of the Seminar sessions have been established to accommodate the different time zones of delegates.

Each day program will comprise two sessions of one and a half hours. There may be late adjustments to the schedule of speakers, subjects and the order of the lectures to be given but it is intended that there should be ten speakers representing most of the Australian State Mineralogical Societies and New Zealand who will deliver lectures on a wide range of subjects. The last lecture of the Seminar will be given by Rod Martin who will describe the arrangements for the 44th Seminar to be held next year in New Zealand. After the last lecture there may also be an open discussion.

The Zoom link for the Seminar will be sent out to all member and other state societies by e-mail with a final program for the Seminar a few days before the commencement. Members should note for convenience that they are at liberty to leave the conference at any time throughout the proceedings if they wish and connect back in later such as over the lunch break. The link will remain active for the whole Seminar period and could be used repeatedly.


05nov7:00 pm9:00 pmNovember MeetingThe complete program is not finalised but will include a talk to be given by Dieter Mylius on : – ‘The Prettiest Mine in the World’.


03dec7:00 pm9:00 pmDecember MeetingThe program for December is not yet finalised.

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.