As mentioned in last month’s article, a Gem Show was to be held at Kingaroy on the 10th and 11th April. The club combined a visit to this show with a fossicking trip to the Agate fields around the Cloyna Windera area. The trip was very popular with twenty members on the trip including three junior members.
There were many stalls selling gemstones and jewellery items, as well as displays by the South Burnett Gem & Fossicking Club who were the organisers of the show.
After the club had visited the Gem Show on the Saturday, they travelled back to Murgon and the additional thirty kilometres out to Windera. The Windera/Cloyna area is possibly the second best area in Queensland to find Agate and Jasper. The main agate fossicking area is Agate Creek outside Forsayth in North Queensland.
At Windera, the club had permission to fossick in a farm paddock. It was just a matter of walking and watching the ground in order to spot Agate and Jasper amongst the rocks. Members were lucky to have had the trip after the recent wet weather as the rain had washed all the dust off the stone.
On Sunday morning they visited the paddock once again for a couple of hours before wheading back to Brisbane. Most members were happy with their finds and am sure they will visit the club workshop in the coming weeks to cut and polish their stones.
The Mitchelton and Districts Gem Club has its clubrooms located at 46 Ferneydell Street, Ashgrove and is open every Thursday from 9am to noon for cutting and polishing rocks and from noon to 3pm for silverwork. It is also open on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. The Club caters for Gemstone enthusiasts in the North Western area of Brisbane.
If you feel this type of hobby interests you, do not hesitate to get in touch with either John on 3351 1038 or Lloyd on 3351 2093 who will be only too happy to have a chat to you about the workings of the club. You can also visit them at their website or the Facebook page ‘Mitchelton and Districts Gem Club Inc.’