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MURRAYLANDS GEM & MINERAL CLUB INC. (MGMC) ABN: A24186
CLUBROOMS: COLLIER PARK, PALMER, S.A.
POSTAL ADDRESS: PO BOX 1593, MURRAY BRIDGE, SA 5230
eMail: murraylandsgmc.org.au Web: http://www.murraylandsgmc.org.au/
Murraylands Gem & Mineral Club News
President's Report Weekend at Berri, South Australia
Diary Dates Hi everyone,
Welcome to the first issue of the new look Murraylands Gem
& Mineral Club news letter.
Firstly, I thank Mel for all the time and effort he has put into developing the new format. I think he has done an excellent
job and it looks great.
Secondly, I acknowledge Kym for all the past years he has spent as president of the
club and all the personal
time and effort he has put in to make the club what it
Kym, we all appreciate what you have done and
what you have achieved,
and for that we thank you.
Thirdly, as the club's new
president, I look forward
to working with the committee and interested
parties to further promote
the club and grow our membership.
I want to see the club flourish not only as an active gem and
mineral club, but also as a social centre for members. While
meetings, workshops and field trips are key elements of club activities, I believe the opportunity just to get together and
enjoy each other's company is important too.
The Committee and I seek your ideas and interest in how we can achieve this. Let's all work together to make Murraylands
an active and engaging club that people want to become
Janet and Mel attended the biennial "Gem, Mineral, Crystal, Jewellery Show and Sales" in the Berri Town Hall over the
Australia Day weekend (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th
January, 2014) put on by the Riverland Gem and Mineral Club Inc. (RGMC)
Their main task was the
management of the MGMC mineral sales stall.
However, there was time to
spare to visit, socialise with and record the activities of
others in the hall. So hereafter
this article is devoted to activities in the hall...
To the left, Janet is assisting
some children in their selection of specimens. The
"Kid's Grab Bags" proved
popular again at this show with over a third of the stock on hand being sold.
To the right, Janet and Bob take a
moment away from their stations to have a look-over RGMC's club
stall. There was plenty to choose
from or chat about, including mineral specimens and members' craftwork.
To the right, Bob and Bev
helping the Riverland club out by filling in as "wire-wrapping"
They were located in the foyer of the hall so the entering public
would be made aware of their presence and function to
demonstrate their skills. The
snapshot of wire-wrapped jewel-ery, to the right, bears this out.
Chris (trader) and Dennis
(RGMC's show convener) are engrossed in a serious conver-
sation. It's all part of ensuring that
the show runs smoothly and meets the needs of the public, the
traders and the host club.
Janet and Mel enjoyed themselves and both believe the RGMC's goals were well met and so were MGMC's despite the
trader competition with Mt Gunson gypsum and atacamite.
Ian Ev. made a nice Arkaroola Bore purchase - "Smoky Quartz
on Feldspar with Magnetite".
Unfortunately, the snapshot to the left does not show it at its best.
By the way, Janet won 2 of the 27
raffle prizes offered by RGMC. Their next show is in 2016.
April 5th & 6th 2014 Canberra Rock Swap
Wagtail Way, EPIC -
Exhibition Park, ACT.
April 18th - 21st 2014 50th National Gemboree Gatton Showgrounds, Qld.
May 2nd, 3rd & 4th 2014 Rockarama "Crystal and Craft
Fair" at Collier Park, Palmer,
May 4th 2014 Rockarama "South Australian
Metal Detecting Champion-ships" at Collier Park, Palmer,
June 21st & 22nd 2014 Tea Tree Gully Gem and
Mineral Club Inc. Exhibition Tea Tree Gully Primary School
August 30th & 31st 2014 Enfield Gem and Mineral Club
Open Day at the Enfield Community Centre, 540
Regency Road, SA
October 3rd, 4th & 5th 2014 The Broken Hill Mineral Club
"Rock-on Gem and Mineral
Show", Penrose Park, Silverton, NSW.
October 11th & 12th 2014 Adelaide Gem and Mineral
November 1st & 2nd 2014 Southern Rockhounds Gem and
Craft Fair, at the "Log Cabin"
17 Gerald Ct., Christie Down,
In this edition...
Weekend at Berri, SA.
Craft, Workshop, Competition Reports and Other Bits.
Mineral Matters - Gypsum.
Extracts from Jeff's Fossil Journal.
Club Committee and Meeting schedules.
Members Notice Board.
From The Club Archives.
Photo tribute to the retiring captain
Useful Internet Links.
The Murraylands Gem & Mineral Club Inc. is not and cannot be held
responsible or liable for any personal injuries, loss or damage to property at any
meeting, fieldtrip or activity organised by or on behalf of the club.
Murraylands Gem & Mineral Club Incorporated, Collier Park, Palmer, South Australia.
Craft, Workshop, Competition Reports and Other Bits
Faceting in the Murraylands
Faceting is one way a gem is created from a
piece of translucent material by grinding and
polishing flat surfaces to allow light to reflect
or refract through the stone causing flashes of
brilliance. The faceting machine enables the
cutting of the gem by use of various angles and
indexes. Faceting is rather like following a
knitting pattern. You have a set of instructions
to follow and with a little time and patience
you will end up with a stone that will be
admired for years to come.
The Murraylands Gem & Mineral Club has a
long history of faceting.
Don Lymn was the first Murraylands member I
met who faceted, albeit, for a short time before
selling his machine.
Don and Nancy were living at Nildottie at that
time and had his wonderful mineral collection
and workshop under his house.
Over the time several other Murraylands
members have purchased machines, tried and
introduced the art of faceting to others. Rex
Schultz showed several members how to facet
on a machine that is still cutting a nice stone
today. Brad Wilby, last years National
Champion facetor and winner of numerous
Gold medals in the National competitions also
had his first faceting experience on Rexs
Member Justine Chambers acquired the
machine and is one of the active facetors who
come along to the monthly workshop at the
Justine Chambers at the MGMC clubrooms
Faceting was recently introduced to the
monthly workshop to give members the
opportunity to regularly cut together and allow
others to learn how to facet. The workshop is
held on the third Saturday monthly and starts
from 10.00 am and finishes mid-afternoon.
At the workshop there are several facetors who
bring along their faceting machines to cut
stones, share their knowledge and enjoy the
company of the members. One of the members
has a spare machine available for others to
The committee is also looking at getting a club
machine and are currently looking at the pros
and cons of new versus second-hand. A club
machine will allow more members to enjoy the
art of faceting.
To highlight some of the benefits of
membership to the public at the next
Rockarama the Club will be opening and
showcasing our workshop and have a facetor
demonstrating over the weekend.
For me one of the things I like about gem
cutting is the enjoyment I get when I am able to
go out and find, dig, cut and polish a stone and
turn it into a piece of jewellery.
Doug and Maurice
John and Maurice
Never lend a geologist money, they consider a
millions years recent!
Summer Competition Results
January 8th 2014
Junior - no entries
Novice - 1st Sonya - 2nd Courtney - 3rd
Open - no entries
Micromounts - 1st Sonya
1st Sonya - 2nd Courtney
1st Courtney - 2nd Angie
February 12th 2014
Junior - no entries
Novice - no entries
Open - no entries
Micromounts - 1st Don
1st Tahlia - 2nd John - 3rd Cloe
1st Tahlia - 2nd June - 3rd Don
1st David R - 2nd Jeff - 3rd Angie
Here's a photo from the archives - Brenda,
Rubein and Mel - Judging the Mineral
Competition at a club meeting. Any ideas
when? I estimate it's probably around 8:30pm.
Also, from the archives - no, not Janet, the
photo! This is the club stall at a club meeting
and guess who is looking