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.


05dec11:00 am3:00 pmDecember Meeting – Christmas Swap and SellThe December Meeting will be the Society’s Annual Christmas Social and will be held from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm on Sunday the 5th of December in the car park outside the clubrooms of the Parramatta and Holroyd Lapidary Club at 73 Fullagar Road, Wentworthville.

2022 Program

Hopefully by next year pandemic restrictions should have been cancelled and all Meetings can be held ‘live’ at the Parramatta and Holroyd Lapidary Club although it is hoped to also provide a virtual connection for the benefit of members living outside Sydney who are unable to get to meetings.

The Society does not hold General Meetings in January and the first Meeting in 2022 will be on February the 4th. Subsequently meetings will be held on the first Friday of each month through the year unless that is before a long weekend when the Meeting would be held on the second Friday.

A full program of lectures with some ‘mini-talks’ is being arranged for the entire year and the Meeting on May the 6th will be the Annual Members Mineral Auction. The programs and speakers on the following list are not entirely confirmed, additions and alterations may be made in due course.

  • February 4th: There will be a talk by Dieter Mylius on ‘The Most Stunning mine in the World’.
  • March 4th: Program not confirmed.
  • April 1st: There may be a lecture to be given by Dioni Cendon on ‘Collecting in Spain’
  • May 6th: Annual Members Mineral Auction.

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.