Malachite
WARRNAMBOOL GEM CLUB
Close up view of Canadian Ammonite shell
2019 CLUB ACTIVITIES
JANUARY  FEBRUARY  MARCH  APRIL  MAY JUNE  JULY  AUGUST  SEPTEMBER  OCTOBER  NOVEMBER  DECEMBER
JANUARY The club restarted on the 19th of January. Work has started on a storage unit (thanks to Keith for his efforts on this) and the new silversmithing equipment has arrived and is being unpacked. FEBRUARY The club is up and running again. One of our members recently purchased a beautiful Lapis specimen (3 - 4 kg range), beautifully polished and a great cabinet piece. See the photo below!. Good choice Larry!
MARCH Congratulations to Steven Hinkley on the great results he achieved in the AFG faceting competition at the 2019 Victorian Gemkhana! Steve received first place in the Novice section for a beautifully cut CZ. See the LH photo below. He also did well on a second stone RH photo. This is a great result for his first entry into such a competition! Congratulations must also go to John Honan for his excellent results in the competition and his valuable mentoring of club members learning to facet! John competed in the open section of the competition (which was a level 3 comp.) He submitted three stones: 1. A gamma brilliant cut 94.78 pts 3 rd position Bronze Medallion 2. A Step cut 95.2 pts 1 st position Gold Medallion 3. A Round brilliant cut 83.92 pts 1 st position Gold Medallion
L: Kajol and Therese working on their silversmithing. R: Helen supervising Steve using the torch
Round brilliant cut Quartz
The Step cut Topaz
Gamma brilliant cut CZ
Saturday 30th March: The club held a BBQ at the local Bunnings store in Warrnambool. This is a regular (and gratefully appreciated) fund raiser for our club and many others locally. The day was the coldest so far this year with wind, rain and hail! However, after a quiet start the club members were busy throughout the rest of the day and ended up raising significant fund for the club. Thanks must go to all those members who spent time organising and running the BBQ. Well done! APRIL On Tuesday, 2 nd of April, club President Helen and Vice-President Alan, visited Nullawarre P.S. to do a ‘show & tell’ about gems and minerals for some 35 year 3 to 6 students. We had an enjoyable hour (plus) explaining and showing a wide range of minerals and gemstones, including agates, petrified wood, Australites and peridot from the Western District. Helen showed some of her silver- work/jewellery with gems she had cut set in rings, pendants etc. The feedback from both students and staff was extremely positive. It is good to contribute to the knowledge and interests of local students. April 6th The silversmithing course conducted by our club president Helen, commenced at the clubrooms today. A very busy day with the participants all very occupied with their projects. Rushworth Field trip 14 th & 15 th of April: Seven Warrnambool Gem Club members travelled up to Rushworth on the friday to join up with members of the Goulburn Valley Gem Club plus members from other clubs. Most of us stayed at the ‘Greens bush campground’ in Whroo, south of Rushworth. Only basic facilities (a pit toilet) but clean, quiet and good company. On the Saturday morning we travelled to a nearby locality where some dug for quartz crystals while other searched for gold using metal detectors. Quite a few quartz crystals of varying sizes were found. .Photos Right: Top: Darcey & Lana digging for crystals. Bottom: Darcey’s crystals and ‘Greens campground’.
Above: L: kathleen searching for that gold nuggett. R: Jenni and Larry digging for crystals.
Our members had a good time and received great assistance and advice from the GV club members. In the evening we went into Rushworth with GV members for tea at the local pub. It was a great evening and George has to be thanked for the considerable efforts he put into organising the weekend!
On the Sunday we travelled to Mawson’s Lake Cooper quarry. This is a massive quarry and we are lucky to have access to it. Once again, thanks must go to George and the G.V. club, as well as ‘Mawsons’ for arranging/allowing such trips. After going over the safety rules we travelled to the bottom of the quarry to begin our search for gem material. Due to the dry weather much of the rock was covered by fine dust and needed some water on it to show the colours hidden by the dust. Our members were shown what to look for and began the find material with the help of the more experienced G.V. members. Special thanks to Santa Simeon who found some lovely material and shared it around with a large group of other fossickers. After a successful morning’s fossicking we retired for lunch.
Photos above: Top L: Safety talk R: view of Mawson’s quarry Bottom L: Darcy, Lana, Simeon R: Jenni & Larry
Photos: L George, Alan, Darcey R: a nice find by Lana & Darcey Below: L: Jasper R: ‘massive pyrites’
MAY: Nine club members travelled to the Palmer Rockerama in S.A., which was held from the 3 rd to the 5 th of May. Some camped on site, others stayed in Mannum. It turned out to be a great weekend with the weather varying from cool and windy to warm and sunny. The range of gem material available was excellent, with some great Australian gem rough available as well as imported material. Our club members got a good range of cabbing material including nice cut agate nodules from ‘Agate Creek’, some lovely ‘crazy lace agate from Mexico’, white/green/black Cowell jade, W.A. tiger-eye, opalized and petrified wood, mookaite and a variety of rarer gem materials. The two photos below show L: Kay & Helen purchasing some agates R: A sliced Vivianite nodule displaying the beauty within the plain exterior!
L: Club member Therese, who has been undertaking the silversimithing course at the club has just completed her first ring. She has set one of her cabachons (a piece of ‘porcelain agate’ from Agate creek in Qld) in a silver ring. A great piece of jewellery!
L: Two peices of attractive Mexican Crazy Lace agate purchased by Helen.
June: Below: The photos below show some recent silver work Helen has completed. Top L: Chrysoprase in gold, Top R: Ceylon Sapphire in 18ct gold, Bottom L: Pale Aquamarine in silver, Bottom R: Malachite in fine silver.
July: Thanks to Keith F. and John H. for constructing the new storage unit (Photo at right) located on the right as you enter the club rooms. The unit is storing tables, the vacuum cleaner & other items. The unit was painted by Alan A.
Top row: Two cabochon pendants by Stephen H. Second row: Left : A heart pendant in copper by Gary. Right: This bracelet featuring a lapis lazuli cabochon is Steve’s first effort at producing a bracelet.
August WICKLIFFE FIELD TRIP: On Sunday 25th of August, Warrnambool Club members (Alan A., John C.) joined the Horsham Club field trip to Wickliffe. Members from Ballarat were also present amongst the group that met up at Wickliffe at 10 a.m. On the drive up from Warrnambool I experienced several heavy showers and windy conditions. However, as I got past Mortlake conditions improved with more sun and less rain. When fossicking we only had a few short showers during the five hours we were near Wickliffe.
Above: some of the group at Wickliffe prior to heading out for some fossicking. Bill Gardner of the Horsham club was the trip organiser and did an excellent job. We started off in Wickliffe where we got a look at some examples of the ‘greenstone’ (which was more ‘grey’ than green). The ‘rough uncut material’ did not look all that impressive, but the pieces which had been cut/ground into two ‘cutting implements’ as shown in the two photos below were impressive. The sharpness of the edges showed how the ‘greenstone’ would have been of great value to the local indigenous population. The material also took a good polish.
Bill had organised access to a local farm which we headed to for our fossicking. The first site was in a very green, lush field with some rock/jasper outcrops. We had to walk about 200m and then were able to pick up material off the ground and break pieces from the outcrops. Both Jasper and greenstone were present. After we all had as much as we required, we then had a look along the edge of the road where some banded chert was collected. Below L: Marian at one of the Jasper outcrops Below R: John in foreground amongst the Jasper and ‘Greenstone’ with other fossickers in the background at another outcrop
After lunch at the ‘old shearing sheds’ on the farm we drove over to near another greenstone locality. After walking a few hundred metres we came upon the area which had a number of small ‘quarries’/pits, measuring from 4m to 10m diameter. These ‘quarries’ were developed by indigenous locals as sources of greenstone for axe heads and spear heads. It is believed that material from this locality was traded all around Australia by indigenous people Below: Marion at one of the greenstone pits with a large piece of greenstone in the centre. This rock showed signs of having had material chipped from it over a long period of time.
Overall, it turned out to be a great day’s fossicking and we greatly appreciated the invitation of the Horsham club for us to attend their field trip!
Elbaite crystals
WARRNAMBOOL GEM CLUB
Close up view of Canadian Ammonite shell
2019 CLUB ACTIVITIES
JANUARY  FEBRUARY  MARCH  APRIL  MAY JUNE  JULY  AUGUST  SEPTEMBER  OCTOBER  NOVEMBER  DECEMBER
JANUARY The club restarted on the 19th of January. Work has started on a storage unit (thanks to Keith for his efforts on this) and the new silversmithing equipment has arrived and is being unpacked. FEBRUARY The club is up and running again. One of our members recently purchased a beautiful Lapis specimen (3 - 4 kg range), beautifully polished and a great cabinet piece. See the photo below!. Good choice Larry!
MARCH Congratulations to Steven Hinkley on the great results he achieved in the AFG faceting competition at the 2019 Victorian Gemkhana! Steve received first place in the Novice section for a beautifully cut CZ. See the LH photo below. He also did well on a second stone RH photo. This is a great result for his first entry into such a competition! Congratulations must also go to John Honan for his excellent results in the competition and his valuable mentoring of club members learning to facet! John competed in the open section of the competition (which was a level 3 comp.) He submitted three stones: 1. A gamma brilliant cut 94.78 pts 3 rd position Bronze Medallion 2. A Step cut 95.2 pts 1 st position Gold Medallion 3. A Round brilliant cut 83.92 pts 1 st position Gold Medallion Saturday 30th March: The club held a BBQ at the local Bunnings store in Warrnambool. This is a regular (and gratefully appreciated) fund raiser for our club and many others locally. The day was the coldest so far this year with wind, rain and hail! However, after a quiet start the club members were busy throughout the rest of the day and ended up raising significant fund for the club. Thanks must go to all those members who spent time organising and running the BBQ. Well done! APRIL On Tuesday, 2 nd of April, club President Helen and Vice-President Alan, visited Nullawarre P.S. to do a ‘show & tell’ about gems and minerals for some 35 year 3 to 6 students. We had an enjoyable hour (plus) explaining and showing a wide range of minerals and gemstones, including agates, petrified wood, Australites and peridot from the Western District. Helen showed some of her silver-work/jewellery with gems she had cut set in rings, pendants etc. The feedback from both students and staff was extremely positive. It is good to contribute to the knowledge and interests of local students. 6th The silversmithing course conducted by our club president Helen, commenced at the clubrooms today. A very busy day with the participants all very occupied with their projects. Rushworth Field trip 14 th & 15 th of April: Seven Warrnambool Gem Club members travelled up to Rushworth on the friday to join up with members of the Goulburn Valley Gem Club plus members from other clubs. Most of us stayed at the ‘Greens bush campground’ in Whroo, south of Rushworth. Only basic facilities (a pit toilet) but clean, quiet and good company. On the Saturday morning we travelled to a nearby locality where some dug for quartz crystals while other searched for gold using metal detectors. Quite a few quartz crystals of varying sizes were found. .
Gamma brilliant cut CZ
The Step cut Topaz
Above L: Helen supervising Steve using the torch R: Kajol and Therese working on their silversmithing.
Round brilliant cut Quartz
Photos above: Top: Greens campground Bottom: Darcey & Lana digging for crystals.
Above: Top: kathleen searching for that gold nuggett. Bottom: Jenni and Larry digging for crystals.
Our members had a good time and received great assistance and advice from the GV club members. In the evening we went into Rushworth with GV members for tea at the local pub. It was a great evening and George has to be thanked for the considerable efforts he put into organising the weekend!
On the Sunday we travelled to Mawson’s Lake Cooper quarry. This is a massive quarry and we are lucky to have access to it. Once again, thanks must go to George and the G.V. club, as well as ‘Mawsons’ for arranging/allowing such trips. After going over the safety rules we travelled to the bottom of the quarry to begin our search for gem material. Due to the dry weather much of the rock was covered by fine dust and needed some water on it to show the colours hidden by the dust. Our members were shown what to look for and began the find material with the help of the more experienced G.V. members. Special thanks to Santa Simeon who found some lovely material and shared it around with a large group of other fossickers. After a successful morning’s fossicking we retired for lunch.
Photos above: Top Mawsons quarry, Middle Darcy, Lana, Simeon Bottom: Safety briefing.
A good find by Lana and Darcey.
Above: L: some jasper R: some ‘massive pyrites’
MAY: Nine club members travelled to the Palmer Rockerama in S.A., which was held from the 3 rd to the 5 th of May. Some camped on site, others stayed in Mannum. It turned out to be a great weekend with the weather varying from cool and windy to warm and sunny. The range of gem material available was excellent, with some great Australian gem rough available as well as imported material. Our club members got a good range of cabbing material including nice cut agate nodules from ‘Agate Creek’, some lovely ‘crazy lace agate from Mexico’, white/green/black Cowell jade, W.A. tiger-eye, opalized and petrified wood, mookaite and a variety of rarer gem materials. The two photos below show L: Kay & Helen purchasing some agates R: A sliced Vivianite nodule displaying the beauty within the plain exterior!
Above: Club member Therese, who has been undertaking the silversimithing course at the club has just completed her first ring. She has set one of her cabachons (a piece of ‘porcelain agate’ from Agate creek in Qld) in a silver ring. A great piece of jewellery!
LTwo peices of attractive Mexican Crazy Lace agate purchased by Helen.
June: Below: The photos below show some recent silver work Helen has completed. Top L: Chrysoprase in gold, Top R: Ceylon Sapphire in 18ct gold, Bottom L: Pale Aquamarine in silver, Bottom R: Malachite in fine silver.
July: Thanks to Keith F. and John H. for constructing the new storage unit (Photo at right) located on the right as you enter the club rooms. The unit is storing tables, the vacuum cleaner & other items. The unit was painted by Alan A. PHOTOS BELOW:
Top row: Two cabachon pendants by Stephen H. Second row: Left : A heart pendant in copper by Gary. Right: This bracelet featuring a lapis lazuli cabochon is Steve’s first effort at producing a bracelet.
August WICKLIFFE FIELD TRIP: On Sunday 25th of August, Warrnambool Club members (Alan A., John C.) joined the Horsham Club field trip to Wickliffe. Members from Ballarat were also present amongst the group that met up at Wickliffe at 10 a.m. On the drive up from Warrnambool I experienced several heavy showers and windy conditions. However, as I got past Mortlake conditions improved with more sun and less rain. When fossicking we only had a few short showers during the five hours we were near Wickliffe.
Above: some of the group at Wickliffe prior to heading out for some fossicking. Bill Gardner of the Horsham club was the trip organiser and did an excellent job. We started off in Wickliffe where we got a look at some examples of the ‘greenstone’ (which was more ‘grey’ than green). The ‘rough uncut material’ did not look all that impressive, but the pieces which had been cut/ground into two ‘cutting implements’ as shown in the two photos below were impressive. The sharpness of the edges showed how the ‘greenstone’ would have been of great value to the local indigenous population. The material also took a good polish.
Bill had organised access to a local farm which we headed to for our fossicking. The first site was in a very green, lush field with some rock/jasper outcrops. We had to walk about 200m and then were able to pick up material off the ground and break pieces from the outcrops. Both Jasper and greenstone were present. After we all had as much as we required, we then had a look along the edge of the road where some banded chert was collected. Below L: Marian at one of the Jasper outcrops Below R: John in foreground amongst the Jasper and ‘Greenstone’ with other fossickers in the background at another outcrop
After lunch at the ‘old shearing sheds’ on the farm we drove over to near another greenstone locality. After walking a few hundred metres we came upon the area which had a number of small ‘quarries’/pits, measuring from 4m to 10m diameter. These ‘quarries’ were developed by indigenous locals as sources of greenstone for axe heads and spear heads. It is believed that material from this locality was traded all around Australia by indigenous people Below: Marion at one of the greenstone pits with a large piece of greenstone in the centre. This rock showed signs of having had material chipped from it over a long period of time.
Overall, it turned out to be a great day’s fossicking and we greatly appreciated the invitation of the Horsham club for us to attend their field trip!