This page contains photos of a series of Gemstone and
mineral collections, including the Alan Wood and Ivy Harper
collections, photos of Mt Shadwell & Tarrone gems and
THE ALAN WOOD COLLECTION OF MINERALS FROM MT
SHADWELL, MORTLAKE, VICTORIA.
Mount Shadwell is mainly of interest to fossickers for the peridot which can be found at the quarry.
However there are many other minerals that have been found in the quarry. These include calcites, anorthoclase, aragonite, aegirine-augite and
over recent years, Ilmenite crystals. Most of the specimens are in the 'micromount' size, but a number of nice cabinet specimens have also been
The specimens shown below are part of the Alan Wood Collection. Alan has been collecting at the quarry over many years and has an extensive
knowledge of the minerals you can find at the quarry.
The Ilmenite specimens at the quarry are comparatively rare, being found in volcanic vents which are only occasionally uncovered by the quarrying
operations. For safety reasons, fossickers obviously cannot be allowed to enter such vents and so the vents are bulldozed during the quarrying
operations. However,after the areas have been made safe, specimens can still be found in the scoria where the vents had been located. Both Alan
Wood and John Chivers ( members of the Warrnambool Gem Club) have good ilmenite specimens in their collections.
The minerals below have been photographed in natural daylight, using a 35mm macro lens on an E 510 Olympus digital SLR camera.
If you are visiting Mortlake and wish to fossick or view Alan Wood’s collection, be sure to contact him as far ahead of time as you can.
Alan & Jenny are always happy to help fellow fossickers but have busy lives! In winter they often head north.
THE IVY HARPER COLLECTION
IVY HARPER was a long term member of the Warrnambool Gem club from it’s earliest years, was a life member of the club and has
served as a President of the club.
In 2013 Ivy moved into retirement accommodation and donated her collection to the Warrnambool Gem Club. The photos below show a
portion of the collection she has donated. It includes local material from the ‘Western District’ in Victoria, as well as material collected
from many locations around Australia.
Ivy was also an enthusiastic lapidary and some of her lapidary work is also shown. The first photos below show the general display
cases. Some individual specimens are then show in more detail.
MINERALS FROM MT SHADWELL AND
The first photo gallery below shows a number of peridot gems from Mt Shadwell, Mortlake (cut by Alan Wood) and a collection of Zeolites
collected at the Tarrone quarry by Darren Lucas.
SOME MINERALS AT THE MUNICH
GEM SHOW 2014
The following photos are a small selection of the many lovely minerals displayed at the Munich Show in 2014.
Calcite on Amethyst
L to R: Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Calcite on Amethyst,
Click on the small images to change the main photo.
Move the cursor over the main photo for zoom!
Above: A magnificent Realgar and Orpiment specimen,
appox. 400mm high.
Below: L to R: Row1 Apatite on Muscovite, Agate
Row 2: Rhodochrosite, Red quartz
Row 3: Wulfenite on Calcite, Flourite