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.


06oct7:00 pm9:00 pmOctober MeetingIan Baillie will give a lecture on the ‘Discovery of the Constellation Copper Deposit, NSW’. It is hoped that there will also be a minitalk, subject and speaker to be confirmed. The program will also include the annual Kids with Cancer Sale of specimens and mineralogical material, books etc, donated by members. The sale at the November meeting last year generated $515 for the charity foundation and it is to be hoped that that sum can be exceeded this year. Donors should provide specimens with labels indicating the name and source and also their recommended sale price. It has been suggested that because donors may not be certain what prices to assign to specimens some of the donations could instead be offered for sale by silent auction. Specimens could be listed on sale sheets which would be provided with columns for prospective buyers to indicate how much they were prepared to pay for each item. Specimens with prices provided could be sold throughout the evening whilst the auction sale sheets would be examined at the end of the Meeting to see who was the highest bidder.


03nov7:00 pm9:00 pmNovember MeetingSpeakers Lee Spencer, Jocelyn McGrade and Ian Graham will give a lecture on ‘Unusual Oxide Mineral Species from Base Metal Veins Surrounding the Mt Turner Porphyry Cu – Mo System, Georgetown’.


02dec11:00 am3:00 pmDecember Meeting – Christmas Swap and SellThe Society Annual Christmas Swap and Sell will be held on Saturday from about 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and would probably include a BBQ.

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.