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.


01jul7:00 pm9:00 pmJuly MeetingThe program will include a lecture to be given by Luis Martins on : – ‘A Mineral Collecting Trip to the Faroe Islands’.  There will also be a mini-talk to be given by John Chapman and David Colchester on : – ‘Iridescence – Now And Then’.  Members are invited to bring in any specimens showing iridescence to display to the Meeting. 


05aug7:00 pm9:00 pmAugust MeetingThe Society Annual General Meeting and the Mayne-Walker Memorial Lecture to be given this year by Dr Ken McQueen on “The Paddy’s River Skarns, ACT: Their Origin and Mineralogy”  The following details about the speaker and the subject of his lecture have been provided by John Chapman:  ‘We are honoured to have Dr McQueen present the Mayne-Walkers Memorial Lecture this year. Ken is Adjunct Professor (Geochemistry and Landscape Evolution), at the University of Canberra. He is also an old friend of the Society having given us a number of presentations over the years. The work on the skarn deposits of Paddys River was recently published in the Australian Journal of Mineralogy  Several areas of skarn mineralization occur along the Paddy’s River valley in the ACT. The deposits are zoned, magnetite- and silicate-rich metasomatic replacement skarns containing complex assemblages of prograde and retrograde primary minerals and an association of base metal sulfides, scheelite, minor silver, gold and bismuth. The skarn mineralogies indicate medium-high temperature, oxidising conditions during their formation. Sulfides and scheelite were introduced during hydrous retrograde alteration. Weathering of the skarns has resulted in a great variety of secondary minerals and oxidation products. More than 90 different primary and secondary mineral species have been identified in the skarns.’ 

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.