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Dear members,

Members are encouraged to wear masks, if the club is crowded or you can’t maintain social distancing.

Workshops

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.

Workshops

Our normal Thursday (9am – 12 noon /silverwork 12 noon to 3:30 pm) and Saturday (1 pm – 4 pm) workshops are operating. An additional workshop (9 am – 12 noon) on Saturdays by arrangement, contact John Nedwich 0407 582 980 or email mitcheltongemclub@gmail.com to book a place at these workshops as numbers are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions. Silverwork beginners classes Tuesday by arrangement.

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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Lapidary

Lapidary

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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Silverwork

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Silverwork

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

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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

 

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.

PROPOSED FIELD TRIP REPORT 2021

  • Miles for fossilised wood, 10th, 11th and12th September, Gurulmundi State Forrest and wild flowers.
  • Other trips are being investigated, suggestions welcome.

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Social Functions

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 2021

  • Saturday 14th August 2021 Trivia Night. Start 6 pm. (RSVP Tuesday 10th August)
  • Saturday 16th October 2021 Bingo and Sausage Sizzle. Start 6 pm (RSVP Tuesday 12th October)
  • Tuesday, 2nd November 2021 Melbourne Cup Lunch. Start 11:30 am.
  • Saturday, 4th December 2021 Christmas Party with Cold Meats & Salad. Start 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. (RSVP Monday 29th November)