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, or via Zoom.


03dec11:00 am3:00 pmDecember Meeting – Christmas Swap and SellThe Social will comprise the sale or exchange of mineral specimens and mineralogical material, books, magazines and equipment. Food and drink will be provided and members will be charged $10 to attend the Social. Since the Lapidary Club has installed a BBQ facility members are invited to bring in their own meat to cook but all other foods, hot and cold drinks, plates and utensils etc will be provided. There will be a lucky door prize awarded by raffle. Tickets will be issued to each person as they arrive and pay their $10. Depending on the weather, tables with the food and drinks will be set up in the Club carpark near the BBQ griller and therefore car parking cannot be allowed on the Club premises. Members with sale material are asked to arrive from 10.00 am to set out their sale items and may drive into the car park to unload but must then move their cars outside the grounds where street parking is available nearby. Sale tables will be set up inside the Lapidary Club room and outside in the car park, either location to be used depending on the preference of the seller and first come, first choice. Members intending to sell are recommended to book a table by notifying the Secretary, George Laking, on (02) 9636 7145, Mobile 0468 387 899 or e-mail bglaking/ Members are reminded that the Society Committee has previously determined that anyone attending the Christmas Social who was not currently financial may buy but would not be allowed to sell minerals. Any members who were unsure of their current financial status could just pay their subscriptions for 2023 from now on and they would then be taken as financial. Members are asked to avoid offering cash payments for membership subscriptions at the Social since this would necessitate the writing of receipts by the Secretary who would prefer to be looking at minerals and everyone is recommended to pay subscriptions by direct-debiting.

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.