Welcome to the Mitchelton and Districts Gem Club Incorporated
We are a small community based, not-for-profit organisation, promoting and teaching the art of lapidary, silverwork and gem cutting. We are more than happy to have a chat, so if you are interested in the lapidary, silverwork or gem cutting, feel free to drop by the clubhouse in Corbie Park , 40 – 46 Ferneydell St. Ashgrove, Brisbane, during any session time. Alternately email the club secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our volunteers are always willing to show you around and explain how the club works. Many of our members have many years of experience in lapidary arts and the joy of fossicking. We also maintain a lively social calendar during the year.
Our members also organize fossicking trips for those who wish to participate. These trips often turn up some interesting finds including quartz, fossilized wood and other items of interest depending on the area searched. The trips are often into four wheel drive areas so camping is involved, but some are more accessible to places like Redcliffe.
Membership Fees (Due 1st July)
Family Membership $ 55.00
Adult Member over 18 yrs. $ 35.00
Junior Member 14-18 yrs. $ 10.00
Age Pensioner Family $ 30.00
Age Pensioner Single $ 20.00
Adult Joining Fee $10.00
Junior Joining Fee $7.00
There is a small fee of $6 for each session a member attends to cover costs of equipment use and some materials.
Membership Application Form
Though there are simple safety requirements, there are no special skills required in the workshop. There are instructors who are only too willing to impart their knowledge to any beginners. The club members can assist in buying materials such as agate, fossilized wood for your lapidary work.
The fully equipped workshop is available to all members, though, children will need a parents’ supervision. Lapidary is not an expensive hobby and can be enjoyed by all members of the family.
The club has all of the necessary hand tools for the beginners to get started in their work. Material for each project can be purchased through the club. Instructors are on hand to help your design beautiful silver jewellery and help you to produce the finished item. No one will have a handmade piece as exclusive as the one you have made for yourself.
The Club has a number of faceting machines and all equipment required to start faceting and cabochoning. Training can be provided and rough faceting materials purchased.
This is a fascinating pursuit and will suit the creative streak in the more technically inclined. The beauty of a faceted or carbochoned gemstone is self-evident. Using our silversmith workshop you can create jewellery that no one else will have and create an heirloom for you children to bicker over.
Fossicking Field Trips
A number of fossicking field trips are organise during the year. They can be for a single day or over a few day. Trips are often made to the Lismore Gem Show followed by fossicking for labradorite. Further trips include Chinchilla for fossilised wood and Redcliffe as well a trip to Hogarts Range for labradorite.
The Club organises a number of social functions throughout the year including a Christmas Party, Melbourne Cup Lunch, Competition Night, Trivia Night, Big Morning Tea, and a Bingo Night.
Many of these occasions a social outlet and allowing club members to get to know each other outside of the pursuits that many specialize in.
Social Functions for 2020
- Fossicking trip to Redcliffe
Thursday, 16th April 2020
- Dinner at the Gaythorne RSL. Start 6:30 pm. (RSVP Sunday 12th April)
Thursday, 28th May 2020
- Big Morning Tea – Cancer Fund Raiser, bring a plate. Start 10 am.
Saturday, 20th June 2020
- Bingo with Roast Chicken & Vegetables. Start 6 pm (RSVP Sunday 14th June)
Wednesday, 15th July 2020
- Lunch at the Broncos Leagues Club – The Courtyard Café. Start 11:30am. (RSVP Sunday 12th July)
Saturday 15th August 2020
- Trivia Night. Start 6 pm. (RSVP Sunday 9th August)
- Fossicking trip to Chinchilla.
Saturday 17th October 2020
- Bingo and Sausage Sizzle. Start 6 pm. (RSVP Sunday 11th October)
Tuesday, 3rd November 2020
- Melbourne Cup Lunch. Start 11:30 am.
Saturday, 5th December 2020
- Christmas Party with Cold Meats & Salad. Start 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. (RSVP Sunday 28th November)