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.


05aug7:00 pm9:00 pmAugust MeetingThe August Meeting is the Society’s ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and will be held on Friday the 5th of August 2022 at 7.30 p.m. in the clubrooms of the Parramatta and Holroyd Lapidary Club at 73 Fullagar Road, Wentworthville.  All members attending the meeting should be double vaccinated. Masks can be worn but are optional and social distancing should be maintained. Everyone should sign the Attendance Register and anyone who feels unwell or has had recent contact with an infected person should not attend the Meeting.  The A.G.M. will present the President’s report for 2021/2022, the Treasurer’s report and presentation of the annual financial accounts for 2021/2022 and the election of the Society Committee and office-bearers for 2022/2023. In accordance with the Society Constitution the entire current Committee retires at the commencement of the A.G.M. and all positions are open for nomination and election. Nomination forms for election to the 2022/2023 Committee are attached to this Newsletter.  After the Reports and Election Any Other Business may also be raised and discussed.  When the A.G.M. has been concluded the Mayne-Walkers Memorial Lecture will be given this year by Professor Ken McQueen on : – The Paddy’s River Skarns, ACT: Their Origin and Mineralogy’.


02sep7:00 pm9:00 pmMoved OnlineSeptember MeetingThere will be a lecture given by Trevor Dart on ‘Recent finds in the Broken Hill District’. Since the speaker will actually be in Broken Hill the lecture will be given by Zoom. It is intended to hold a sale for the Kids with Cancer charity foundation during the September Meeting.The September Meeting will be held by virtual mode on Friday the 3 rd of September at 7.30 pm .The program will comprise a lecture to be given by Paul Melville on : – ‘Top End Specimen –Producing Localities’.

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.