Welcome to the Mitchelton and Districts Gem Club Incorporated

We are a small friendly 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 secretary.mitcheltongemclub@gmail.com.

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.


Our normal workshop is on Thursday 9 am to 12 noon. The silverwork workshop is on Thursday 12 noon to 3:30 pm.

A Saturday workshop is also available from 1 pm to 4 pm. An additional workshop (9 am – 12 noon) on Saturdays can be arranged.

The workshops will not be opening on a Saturday unless those who wish to work contact the rostered supervisor at least 24 hours before the day. Please check the roster published in the club’s newsletter for the rostered supervisor.

Club Morning Tea – Club’s monthly morning tea, 10 am, first Thursday of the month. All members and visitors are welcome.

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

Joining Fees 

Adult Joining Fee $10.00

Junior Joining Fee $7.00

Workshop Fee

There is a small fee of $6 for each session a member attends to cover costs of equipment use and some materials.

Faceting Course

One on one course, held over a couple of sessions. Rough stone, materials, equipment and training provided to cut your first stone. The cost is $100.

Membership Application Form

Application Form

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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 lapidary material for sale.

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The club has all of the necessary hand tools for the beginners to get started in their work.  Beginners classes are organised as required. 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 in our Thursday afternoon workshops. No one will have a handmade piece as exclusive as the one you have made for yourself.

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Gem Cutting

Halls Faceting Machines



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.

Faceting Course

One on one course, held over a couple of sessions. Rough stone, materials, equipment and training provided to cut your first stone. The cost is $100.


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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.


  • Some of the fields we are working on include, Lismore, “Labradorite” Chinchilla “Wood”, Booloumba Creek,” Rhodonite and Jasper”, Torrington, “Topaz, Quartz,” Possibly Warwick, “Rhodonite”, Murgon,” Agate, Jasper”.
  • Field Trip to Agate Creek and the Sapphire fields. If you are planning to go to either or both of these two fields in June and July, you need a QLD FOSSICKING LICENCE. If you don’t have one, contact Lloyd Hosking for a copy of the Club Licence. It expires in September and is only good for those fields until then. Lloyd’s m: 0429 040 600
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Social Functions

Christmas Party

Social Functions

The Club organises a number of social functions throughout the year including a Christmas Party, Melbourne Cup Lunch, 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.

First Thursday of the Month                           

  • Club’s monthly morning tea, 10 am. All members and visitors are welcome.

Mitchelton Gem Club Functions 2022

  • Saturday 24th September 2022 AGM 11 am. Lunch will be provided.
  • Saturday 15th October 2022 Bingo and Sausage Sizzle. Start 6 pm (RSVP Tuesday 11th October)
  • Tuesday, 1st November 2022 Melbourne Cup Lunch. Start 11:30 am. Bring a plate.
  • Saturday, 3th December 2022 Christmas Party with Cold Meats & Salad. Start 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. (RSVP Monday 28th November)