Thursday 9/2/17 Members at Axess Glass Products in
Melbourne at a workshop on glass fusing & slumping. The
workshop was arranged by Steve M. See slide show above.
in the grinders and
trim saws. The
new drum sander
some shafts were
reduced the noise
level in the club
a stall at the local
to publicise the
club and raise
some funds. The
photo shows Kay
and Jeff at the club
18 & 19 April Several club members attended the Victorian
Gemkhana at Shepparton. They reported that they had a good
weekend with some of the ‘facetors’ happy with their results in the
faceting section of the show. Well done John and Kathleen!
Row 1: Competition cabachons. An attractive display of Mookite
Row 2: Once again, John did very well with his faceting! Kathleen
also achieved a result she was very happy with.
Row 3: John & Kathleen at the faceting demonstration.
Row4: Part of the show. Show raffle.
Row 5: Tumbled stones competition entries. An attractive display
of bone carving.
Below Left: A 9 ct gold pendant with four peridot gems,
constructed by club member Helen.
5/4/2017 Eight club member travelled by train to Melbourne
on a trip organised by Steve M. The day started at the
Gemmological Association of Australia in Spencer St.
Members had an excellent tour of the facilities with the
laboratory testing equipment being well explained. We also
had a good look at the GAA’s gem & mineral specimens. This
was followed by an excellent Vietnamese lunch. We also
visited a jewellery store, opal display, Koodaks lapidary
supplies and Crystal Universe during the afternoon. A great
Row 1: At the GAA.
Row 2: Viewing the opal display.
22/4/2017 Club members manned the BBQ at Bunnings
again. It is a handy fundraiser for the club, helping to ‘balance
the books’. A large number of members assisted over the day,
and once again thanks must go to Kay K. for organising and
managing the BBQ. Photo above: L to R Bunnings staff, Kay
K., Helen B., Alan A.
June: We are still getting a good turnup to the club workshops
though several members are fossicking in warmer climates at
present. I had the opportunity to travel to Qld, fossicking at
Mt. Isa/Cloncurry area for a week, taking in several fossicking
areas over a number of days where Igot some ‘phantom
quartz’, amethyst, garnets, calcite and Chrysocolla
specimens. I then spent time fossicking at Agate creek.
The photos to the below show parts of the mineral collection
in the tourist information building in Cloncurry, as well as an
interesting selection of historical photos of mining localities in
the area. Well worth viewing before you venture out fossicking
as the localities take on far greater meaning.
A faceted red Spinel gem (above), plus two diamonds, set
in 18 ct gold by one of our club members. This is a great
example of the standard of work members can achieve.
Below: Some of the material collected on a recent trip to
L: Malachite (8cm),
L: Malachite and
L: Red and White
L: Chevron Quartz
(flat lapped and
cabbed. The quality
of this material was
highly variable. Some
was ‘clean’ and solid,
while other peices
were cracked and
had iron stains
L: Chevron Quartz
(flat lapped, 14cm. )
L: Native copper
R: Some ‘freeform
cabs’ for pendants.
Club members have been hard at work
improving our club facilities. Old cupboards damaged by
damp have been repaired, walls have been rendered and
painted, a glass partition installed and new bench space
constructed for faceting, glass fusing and silverwork.
Thanks must go to Steve M. for the work he has done on
this project, also to Alan A., Jeff G., Helen B. and Linda G.
Three photos above: Top: Sandstone wall prior to
rendering/repairs. Middle: Bench frame partly constructed.
Bottom: Installing bench tops.
of our club
course in NSW.
A great effort by
judges badge is
show to the left.
Sunday 29/10 Eight Warrnambool club members joined
Geelong club fossickers at the Fyansford quarry to fossick for
fossils. It was a good day, though the sharks teeth were
scarce. However, several members collected sharks teeth
and other fossils and went home very satisfied with their
At the club’s A.G.M. the new executive for
2018 was elected. President Alan Altmann, Vice-President
Helen Butrumlis, Secretary John Coxon, Treasurer Stephen
Hinkley. Kay keen was elected as an ‘ordinary member’ of
Sunday 26th Members from the Warrnambool, Colac and
Geelong clubs travelled to Mt Shadwell to fossick for Peridot
and other minerals. The day was overcast but dry and the
temperature was good for fossicking. Some peices of gemmy
peridot were found along with some anothoclase felspar.
Specimen ‘volcanic bombs’ were also collected by several
fossickers. At 1 p.m. members of the three clubs returned to
Alan Wood’s home for a BBQ and a look at Woody’s
collection. A great time was had by those present.
The three photos to
the left show
members of the
Geelong, Colac and
Clubs enjoying the
BBQ at Alan &
Jenni Woods home.
A large amount of
food provided by
members from the
three clubs made
for a very relaxing
afternoon after the
December 3 Club members run a Bunning’s BBQ today. It
provided a good day of interaction with the public for club
members. It also helped the club’s budget. Thanks again to Kay
for her hard work in organising the club’s participation.
& 2018 Activities
JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY
OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
Club members Steve, Jeff, Linda and
Alan erected the new banner advertising our show on the end
of the Warrnambool Primary School Hall.
Club members Alan A. and Helen B. visited Brauer
College in Warrnambool, where they conducted a talk on the
Volcanoes and gemstones of S.W. Victoria. Discussion about a
range of gemstones and rocks along with gem identification
methods completed the two period Science class (which was
doing a Geology unit). A gem and mineral collection was left at
the school for future use as they had no rock collection at the
For a full view of the gem show go to the 2018 show page!
March 17: Our club members celebrated the club’s
50th year in operation with a luncheon at the club
rooms. As well as current club members we had
previous members and the Warrnambool Mayor
present. It was a great lunch with contributions from
many members, with a special mention going to
Janice, Keith, Steve, Alan and Helen for the time they
spent preparing for the day. Photos below!
Due to the day being a ‘total fire ban day’, the club changed
the menu from a BBQ to cold meats and salads. This turned
out to be a good move, and the desserts that members brought
along provided a great end to the meal. The Warrnambool
Mayor, Robert, was present and related his experiences as a
teenager in the 1960’s when he spent several months, along
with other members of the YMCA, dismantling the interior of
our current clubrooms. At that time the building still contained
large motors, water pumps and switchboards; it had served for
decades as the pumping station for the city, with the water
storages located next door.
As well as current members it was great to have a number of
past club presidents present (Noel Wickson, Robert
Lanchberry, John Colledge) and past members.
May 12 Nick Campione demonstrates gem setting to club
members. The demonstration was most informative,
especially the finer aspects of the setting of gems. Members
and Nick finished the day with a pleasant meal in the
evening. Nick travelled from Melbourne to show members the
techniques he had developed over decades.
July - August:
I had the opportunity to visit a number of gem
clubs while fossicking in Queensland. It was great to see the
facilities at several clubs and I appreciated the courteous and
friendly nature of the club members I met.
Yeppoon Gem Club.
I visited the club when the
President, Peter, agreed to meet me there so I could have a
look at their facilities. The club is located in the showgrounds
and makes good use of it’s space. The club has a good
range of lapidary and silversmithing equipmemnt
Peter invited me to his home for lunch (which was delicious)
and I had a chance to look at some of his silversmithing and
metal work. Very nice as shown in the photos below!
The Bundaberg Gem Club is located in the showgrounds
among a large number of other clubs. When I visited, the club
president Deanna was very welcoming and gave me the full tour
of their premises. The club started in 1965 in a small dirt floor
pavilion at the old showgrounds. It relocated (in 1990 ) to the
current location, in their own building at new showgrounds.
Front of the
LHS PHOTO ABOVE: The building on the rhs is the original
portion of the club (also top photo), on the left of the
concrete path is the ‘new’ addition.
RHS PHOTO ABOVE: good use of a tyre for the flat lap
BRIBIE ISLAND GEM CLUB: I visited the club for a few hours.
The club is a block back from the beach in a quiet spot. Like the
other clubs I visited, the members were friendly and happy to
show me around.
view of club.
L to R:
units , faceting
Twelve club members travelled to view a fantastic collection
of Australian gem material. The collection was fantastic, it
contained many large specimens of flat lapped gem material,
most of it of very high quality. The finish/polish of the specimens,
which was all done on home-made equipment, was excellent
and a tribute to the owner of the collection. Members had a great
time which included a look around the garden and a fabulous
luncheon with all members bringing along a contribution.
After visiting the collection, members drove to Lake Bullen Merri,
near Camperdown. We spent time fossicking for zircons (very
small specimens only) and epidote crystals. Larry and Jenny did
well and Marian found a zircon too. We then drove up to the
Camperdown Botanic gardens which have spectacular views
over the volcanoes and lakes of the area. We were able to see
as far as the Grampians. Well worth a visit!
Above: Top row L: ‘Bottle Tree’, Top R: ‘Pantry”
Middle row L: some of the collection, M: Jasper R: Mookaite
Bottom row: Jenni & Larry sorting zircons!
L: Epidote and
relative to $1 coin
R: Zircons, 1 to 3
mm, lustrous but
L: Closer view of
It is with regret that the club has to
announce the passing of Roslyn Taylor (Brunt). Roslyn was a
long term member of the club. She introduced several of her friends to
our club and they have gone on to become valuable contributors and
committee members over the years. Our condolences go to Ray and
Ros’ family. She will be sorely missed.