Malachite
WARRNAMBOOL GEM CLUB
Close up view of Canadian Ammonite shell
2021 CLUB ACTIVITIES
28/2/21: FIELD TRIP Our club was invited to join the Horsham Gem Club for a field trip starting near Coleraine at the ‘Giant Rock Reserve’ and then travelling to a farm and two quarries. The field officer from Horsham, Bill Gardner, also organised a trip last year which several of our members attended. Photos below. Top row: L: walking towards Giant Rock reserve. R: climbing up the approach to the volcanic plug. Second row: view from top of plug.
Below: lunchtime in Coleraine, nice locality and we had a good time catching up with Horsham members. It was great to see a good turn up of members from both clubs.
JANUARY  FEBRUARY  MARCH  APRIL  MAY JUNE  JULY  AUGUST  SEPTEMBER  OCTOBER  NOVEMBER  DECEMBER 2022 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
18/5/21 Alan and Helen travelled to Hamilton to run a ‘show & tell’ for a Primary School, grade 4 class studying geology. The students were enthusiastic and asked many questions with the ‘1 hour’ session ending up after 2 hours. 19/5/21 Several club members travelled to ‘Crystal Universe’ in Port Melbourne. They reported that they had a great time and made many purchases of ‘rough’ for their lapidary work. 22/6/21 The two photos below are of a broach made by club member Helen. The central stone is Ametrine, surrounded by Spinels and Sapphires. All hand made in Palladium Silver.
2022 CLUB ACTIVITIES Warrnambool Lapidary Club Excursion 6 Feb 2022 Chasing up on a vague report of “a band of brown phosphatic nodules in the Clifton formation”, an expedition was mounted to Clifton Beach near Port Cambell. (photo left) The weather was superb, sunshine, little wind, and not too hot, which was good considering the climb down to the beach. After trekking along the beach, we fossicked for several hours in debris which had fallen from the cliff. The only thing that looked vaguely like the elusive nodules were small brownish-yellow nodules, however sectioning these later showed them to be mainly ironstone peppered with limestone, (photo below left) Some other white nodules from the other end of the beach showed a bit more promise polishing up to a light yellow. (photo below)
April 2022
18/6/22 Club members conducted a ‘Bunnnings BBQ’ as a fund raiser for our club. Thanks to all those members who attended and helped with this effort. Such days help with keeping the club in a sound financal position.
18/6/22 Club members conducted a ‘Bunnnings BBQ’ as a fund raiser for our club. Thanks to all those members who attended and helped with this effort. Such days help with keeping the club in a sound financal position.
Detecting excursion to Moyston by Warrnambool and Horsham Lapidary Clubs On Sunday 4 th of September, 2022, some 18 people gathered at Moyston for a detecting excursion. Periodically overcast, but no rain which made a change. Several people stayed overnight in the Recreation Reserve, the remainder travelling so as to arrive at 10 am for a coffee at the local café. We then scattered in various directions and met again for lunch at 1 pm at the Rec Reserve in a shed where we could warm up around a 44-gallon drum fire-place. We again went off this time in a group to the southern end of the gold field for some more detecting finishing with afternoon tea at 3, departing about 4. While no gold was found (as usual) there was the typical assortment of stuff which makes this an interesting pastime. All in all, a very good social outing and a chance to catch with people we hadn’t seen for a while.
Elbaite crystals
WARRNAMBOOL GEM CLUB
Close up view of Canadian Ammonite shell
28/2/21: FIELD TRIP Our club was invited to join the Horsham Gem Club for a field trip starting near Coleraine at the ‘Giant Rock Reserve’ and then travelling to a farm and two quarries. The field officer from Horsham, Bill Gardner, also organised a trip last year which several of our members attended. Photos below. Top row: L: walking towards Giant Rock reserve. R: climbing up the approach to the volcanic plug. Second row: view from top of plug.
2021 CLUB ACTIVITIES
Below: lunchtime in Coleraine, nice locality and we had a good time catching up with Horsham members. It was great to see a good turn up of members from both clubs.
JANUARY  FEBRUARY  MARCH  APRIL  MAY JUNE  JULY  AUGUST  SEPTEMBER  OCTOBER  NOVEMBER  DECEMBER 2022 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
18/5/21 Alan and Helen travelled to Hamilton to run a ‘show & tell’ for a Primary School, grade 4 class studying geology. The students were enthusiastic and asked many questions with the ‘1 hour’ session ending up after 2 hours. 19/5/21 Several club members travelled to ‘Crystal Universe’ in Port Melbourne. They reported that they had a great time and made many purchases of ‘rough’ for their lapidary work. 22/6/21 The two photos below are of a broach made by club member Helen. The central stone is Ametrine, surrounded by Spinels and Sapphires. All hand made in Palladium Silver.
2022 CLUB ACTIVITIES Warrnambool Lapidary Club Excursion 6 Feb 2022 Chasing up on a vague report of “a band of brown phosphatic nodules in the Clifton formation”, an expedition was mounted to Clifton Beach near Port Cambell. (photo left) The weather was superb, sunshine, little wind, and not too hot, which was good considering the climb down to the beach. After trekking along the beach, we fossicked for several hours in debris which had fallen from the cliff. The only thing that looked vaguely like the elusive nodules were small brownish-yellow nodules, however sectioning these later showed them to be mainly ironstone peppered with limestone, (photo below left) Some other white nodules from the other end of the beach showed a bit more promise polishing up to a light yellow. (photo below)
April 2022
18/6/22 Club members conducted a ‘Bunnnings BBQ’ as a fund raiser for our club. Thanks to all those members who attended and helped with this effort. Such days help with keeping the club in a sound financal position.
Detecting excursion to Moyston by Warrnambool and Horsham Lapidary Clubs On Sunday 4 th of September, 2022, some 18 people gathered at Moyston for a detecting excursion. Periodically overcast, but no rain which made a change. Several people stayed overnight in the Recreation Reserve, the remainder travelling so as to arrive at 10 am for a coffee at the local café. We then scattered in various directions and met again for lunch at 1 pm at the Rec Reserve in a shed where we could warm up around a 44-gallon drum fire-place. We again went off this time in a group to the southern end of the gold field for some more detecting finishing with afternoon tea at 3, departing about 4. While no gold was found (as usual) there was the typical assortment of stuff which makes this an interesting pastime. All in all, a very good social outing and a chance to catch with people we hadn’t seen for a while.