The Mitchelton & Districts Gem Club re opened their clubrooms on Saturday 23rd January, a bit later than expected, due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
If you visit the Arana Hills Library in February, you will see a display by the members of the club. This display consists of rough and polished gemstone specimens, silverwork and other lapidary work done by members.
People often ask, ‘Where can I go fossicking around Brisbane?’ Years ago, there were several places where lapidary material could be obtained rather easily. Now it is probably down to one location – the beaches of the Redcliffe Peninsula. The beach north from the Redcliffe jetty is the place to start. Just walk along the beach when the tide is going out and look for small pieces of agate and chalcedony in the gravel line that the wave action has left. After rough seas is a good time to look, as the wave action stirs up the gravels on the beach. If you are more adventurous, then try the spit at Scarborough at a very low tide. Here, you can find larger pieces of agate and chalcedony. If you are lucky.
Years ago there was a Jasper farm at Upper Coomera, a Rhodonite deposit in the same locality and lots of places in the Tweed Valley and around Ipswich in the Bremmer River where petrified wood, gate, etc could be found.
The clubrooms now have a fresh new look and welcome new members who may wish to join the club. You can come along any Thursday morning between 9am and midday or Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. to have a look around. Here’s hoping that conditions for organising field trips to collect cutting materials will improve in 2021!
For more information about the Mitchelton & Districts Gem Club Inc. please contact John on 3351 1038 or Lloyd on 3351 2093.