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.


02feb7:00 pm9:00 pmFebruary MeetingThere will be lectures to be given by Graham Ogle on : – Interesting discoveries from the Bamford Mines, Nth Qld and also a lecture by Lee Spencer on : – The 1996 Bre-X Scandal: How Mineral Exploration was set back a decade


01mar7:00 pm9:00 pmMarch MeetingThere will be a lecture by Luis Martins on ‘Jáchymov: Wonder Mining Town in the Ore Mountains, Czech Republic’. There will also be a talk by Geoff Parsons on : – ‘Minerals and Metals – How and Why’


05apr7:00 pm9:00 pmApril MeetingArnold van der Heyden will give a lecture on the MMM Minerals Project, Broken Hill, (full title to be confirmed), and Mark Walters will give a talk on ‘A Visit to Other Mines in the Bamford Area, Nth Qld’.

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.