Byron Gem and Lapidary Course 2013

Our Council is very proud to have a wealth of talented artisans producing some of the loveliest and finest gem and lapidary works in New South Wales and the ACT.

This page provides a directory for people seeking to make contact with their local gem and lapidary club.

Please click on the club name below for club details:

AFLACA – Australian Federation of Lapidary & Allied Crafts Associations Inc.
Australian Facetors Guild Inc
Bankstown and Districts Lapidary Club Inc – Bankstown
Batemans Bay Lapidary Club – Batemans Bay
Bathurst Stamp Coin Collectables and Lapidary Club
Blaxland Gem and Mineral Club – Blaxland
Blue Mountains Lapidary Club – Bullaburra
Byron Gem and Lapidary Club
Campbelltown and Districts Lapidary Club – Macquarie Fields
Canberra Lapidary Club Inc – Lyons
Casino Lapidary Club – Casino
Central Coast Lapidary Club Inc – Ourimbah
Cessnock Gem and Mineral Club – Cessnock
Coffs Harbour Lapidary & Associated Crafts Club – Coffs Harbour
Fairfield And District Gemstone Club Inc – Wakeley
Glen Innes Mineral and Gem Club – Glen Innes
Goulburn Gem and Lapidary Club Inc – Goulburn
Grafton Gem Club – Grafton
Hawkesbury Valley Lapidary Club – Richmond
Hunter Valley Gemmology Club Inc – East Maitland
Illawarra Lapidary Club – Wollongong
Inverell and District Lapidary Club – Inverell
Lapidary Club of NSW Inc – Surry Hills
Lismore Gem and Lapidary Club Inc – Lismore
MacLeay Gem and Mineral Club – Kempsey
Manning Great Lakes Gem & Mineral Club Inc – Forster
Manning Valley Rock Hounds Lapidary Club Inc
Mineralogical Society of New South Wales Inc – Penrith South
Mudgee Fossicking Club – Mudgee
New England Lapidary and Fossicking Club Inc – Uralla
Newcastle Lapidary Club – Adamstown
Northern Districts Lapidary Club Inc – Beecroft
Orange Lapidary and Mineral Club Inc – Orange
Parramatta Holroyd Lapidary Club – Wentworthville
Port Hacking Lapidary Club – Gymea
Port Macquarie Art and Craft Centre Lapidary Group – Port Macquarie
Rooty Hill and District Lapidary Club – Rooty Hill
Silver Plus Inc – St Ives
Tamworth Lapidary Club – West Tamworth
The Fossil Club of Australia Inc
Ulladulla District Lapidary Club – Ulladulla
Western Suburbs Lapidary Club – Concord
Wingala Lapidary Arts Crafts Group – Harbord

Club Details

Australian Facetors Guild Inc
Sydney Branch
PO Box 462
Wentworthville 2145
Secretary: Keiran Simpson

Bankstown and Districts Lapidary Club Inc
Bankstown Arts Centre
5  Olympic Pde
Bankstown  2200

We are located in the new Bankstown Arts Centre at the corner of Olympic Pde and Dale Ave Bankstown
President: Beverley Hodder
Secretary: Peter Boughton (02) 9709 5061
Exhibition: First weekend in August annually
Tuition: Our club offers tuition for both juniors and seniors in all aspects of lapidary and allied crafts.
Meetings: Third Wednesday monthly at 12:30pm
Fees: Joining fees are family $10, adult $5, junior (under 16) $2. Annual fees are family $25, adult $15 and junior $5.
Phone : (02) 9796 7475 during opening hours
You can also ring Beverley on 9642 1267
FAX : 02 9796 7475

Batemans Bay Lapidary Club Inc
Batemans Bay Primary School,
1 Mundarra Drive, Surfside 2536
PO Box 456, Batemans Bay NSW 2536

Club Meeting: 7:30pm on 4th Wednesday of every month, except December and January
Contact Person: Murray Sheil
Telephone: (02) 4471 8375

Bathurst Stamp, Coin, Collectables and Lapidary Club Inc
Club Publicity Officer: Alan McRae FAIHA
Postal Address: PO Box 9156, BATHURST NSW 2795
Phone: 02 63321622 (Business hours)

Blaxland Gem & Mineral Club
15 The Valley Rd, Valley Heights
PO Box 98
Blaxland NSW 2774

President: Michael Wilde (02) 4754 1436
Treasurer: Doug Austen (02) 4739 8658
Secretary: Phil Greenidge
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday: 9am – 12Noon;
Saturday (commencing Jan 2018) 9am – 12Noon.
Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month starting at 9.30am
Activities: Cutting and polishing stones (cabochons), faceting, jewellery making, silverwork, field trips
Exhibition: (3rd weekend in August) 8am – 4pm: Glenbrook Community Hall, Great Western Highway, Glenbrook NSW – Adults $3 Children $1

Blue Mountains Lapidary Club
Progress Hall, corner Great Western Hwy and Noble St
Bullaburra NSW 2784
Postal: c/- 85 Railway Pde
Bullaburra NSW 2784

Club Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 5-7pm
Contact: Nikki 0407 623 416
Mick 0402 496 712

Byron Gem and Lapidary Club
Tyagarah Airstrip,
via Byron Bay NSW 2481
PO Box 5284,
East Lismore NSW 2480

Campbelltown and Districts Lapidary Club
Lot 1 Bensley Road
Macquarie Fields

PO Box 477
Ingleburn NSW 1890
Ph: 02 9618 3206

Club Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Lost Wax Casting is held from September to June on Fridays between 5pm & 8.30pm
Fees: Approximately $20 per family per year plus $5.00 insurance per person. Daily Workshop attendance fees are $2 per session.
Tuition: We teach silversmithing and casting, cabochon cutting, faceting, beadwork and jewellery making.
Monthly: Jewellery Workshop classes are conducted on a Saturday and cost depends on project.
Field Trips: Held during the year in school holidays.
General: Social activities include Open days, Christmas Party and Outings.
Annual Event: Annual Gem Mineral & Jewellery Show held in July each year

Canberra Lapidary Club Inc
Tooms Place, Lyons ACT 2606
PO Box 577 Curtin ACT 2605
Workshop: Ph 02 6260 5322
Social Meetings – second Thursday each month except January, 8pm at Clubhouse
Workshop Hours- Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 10am – 2pm, Wednesday 7.30pm – 10pm
Workshop Cost – $3 per session
Classes – Faceting $120 (8 weeks – 1 night per week), Cabbing $40 (3 x 3 hour sessions)
Membership Rates – Family $40, Single $34, Country or Concession Family $20, Junior – single $18, Joining Fee (new members only) $6
Field Trips – 1 per month, weather permitting
Canberra Gem Shows: Please see club website.

Casino Lapidary Club
20 New Ballina Rd Lismore Hts NSW 2480
PO Box 101 Casino NSW 2470
President:  David Courage  0405454650
Vice president:  Ray Hamilton
Secretary: Lindsay Armstrong 0428221061

Central Coast Lapidary Club Inc.
10 Ourimbah Creek Road
PO Box 60
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Ph.: 02 4362 2246
President: Bob Thomson
Secretary: Janine Tully
Activities: Faceting, cabbing, silverwork, enamelling, beading plus special workshops for casting, bone & gem carving and wire wrapping.
Opening Hours:
Tuesday 8.30am to 2.30pm
Thursday 8.30am to 2.30pm
Thursday evening 6 pm to 10pm
2nd Saturday – Beading

Cessnock Gem & Mineral Club Inc
Hall Park – Stephen St
PO Box 467
Cessnock NSW 2325
Club Hours: Members meet in the club rooms each Saturday from 10am until around 4pm, and each Thursday from 12pm until around 5pm.
Field Trips: Undertaken throughout the year – searching for materials such as fossils, crystals, sapphires, gold, opals, gemstones, petrified wood etc
Exhibition: Annual Rock Auction – First Saturday of November
Family – $30                      
Single – $20               
Pensioner Family – $20       
Pensioner Single – $15
Junior (12-18yrs) – $15
Junior (under 12) – Free

Coffs Harbour Lapidary & Associated Crafts Club
Wedds Road Boambee
PO Box 4087
Coffs Harbour Jetty NSW 2450
President: Errol Hagelstein Ph 02 6652 4959 or 0417 234601
Vice President: Nick Thomas Ph 02 6656 4375
Secretary: John Eggelston Ph 02 6656 4564
Treasurer and Public Officer: Hartley Bretherton Ph 02 6655 7775 or 0407 41330

Fairfield And District Gemstone Club Inc
Fairfield Showground
Smithfield Road
Wakeley NSW 2176
PO Box 3A
Fairfield Heights NSW 2165
Secretary Annette Capiron 0401 144 492
President/Treasurer Phil Wiersema 0407 006 671

Glen Innes Mineral and Gem Club – Glen Innes
The Secretary
Glen Innes Mineral & Gem Club Inc
PO Box 112
Glen Innes NSW 2370
Phone John 02 6732 7073 (after 5.30 pm)
Please follow us on Facebook: Glen Innes Mineral & Gem Club Inc.

Goulburn Gem and Lapidary Club Inc
Rear of McDermott Community Centre
163 Auburn Street
Goulburn NSW 2580
Postal Address: The Secretary
Goulburn Gem & Lapidary Club Inc.
12 Hawthorne Street,
Goulburn 2580 NSW.
President: Joe O’Neil
Vice President: Ian Middler
Secretary: Sue O’Neil Ph (H) 02 4822 4294 or (M) 0417 224294
Meeting and Memberships Details: The Club House is open Monday and Friday from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Closed on public holidays.
We have juniors from 12 years old. Daily Fees are $5 per day, per person.
Membership Fees including insurance are as follows.
Singles $25.00, Couples $35.00, Family $35.00, Junior $5.00. Beginners’ Class 5 week block to be paid in advance $15.00 plus membership for juniors and seniors. Beginners’ Class is on Wednesdays 4 pm to 6 pm
All new and old members welcome!


Grafton Gem Club
PO Box 68 Grafton NSW 2460
Club phone:  0435583021 while sessions are in progress
Visits: Come and see us when we are open.
Grafton Gem Club meets at our clubrooms in the Grafton Showgrounds.
Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm and also on Thursday evenings from 4pm to 8pm.
Anyone is welcome to join however junior members must be over 12 years old and must be accompanied by an adult.

Hawkesbury Valley Lapidary Club Inc
Richmond School of Arts Annex
(entrance off March Street, near the Richmond Park end)
P.O. Box 179 Richmond NSW 2753
Club Activities: Wire Wrapping Classes, Silver Rings And Findings Classes, Gem Tree And Jewellery Class, Grinding, Shaping And Polishing Gemstones , Faceting Classes (Wednesday Night), Collecting Mineral And Fossils, Fossicking Trips.
Tuesday 12.30pm – 2.30pm,
Wednesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm,
1st Saturday Every Month Silver Class 9am – 12.00pm, Wire Wrapping 1.00pm – 3.00pm
3rd Saturday Every Month, Wire Wrapping 9.30am – 1.00pm
Monthly Meeting: 3rd Saturday 2pm
Open Day to the public 2nd Saturday 8.30am – 3.00pm
Shows: Jewellery, Beading, Gem & Mineral Show, at The Windsor Function Centre, Windsor each June and November
All Enquiries To: John Vincent (President) 0414844507 email or
Richard Schmidt  02 4565 0492 email

Hunter Valley Gemmology Club Inc
1 Maize Street, East Maitland NSW 2323 (In Plantation Reserve)
PO Box 166, East Maitland NSW 2323
Contact: 02 4934-7858 (please leave a msg if unattended)
President : Ian Fleming
Secretary : Kathleen Wells
Treasurer : Paul Livingston
Fees – Joining :  $10:00 – Single and Family, $5:00 – Junior, Sub-Junior, Concession and Concession Family
Fees – Annual Membership : $20 – Single (over 18yrs), $48 – Family (2 Adults & 2 Children under 18yrs), $15 – Junior (16-18yrs), $10 – Sub-Junior (9-16yrs), $15 – Concession, $30 – Concession Family. Any new member pays the Annual Fee as per the quarter of the year in which they join plus the Joining Fee.  If joining in February the Annual Fee will be pro rata 6 months plus the Joining Fee.
Open Day, always in the second half of the year.
Annual Gem and Mineral Auction, always in the first half of the year. Please see website for annual dates and details.

Illawarra Lapidary Club IncStalls 2012
Tarrawanna Community Hall
51 Meadow Street,
Tarrawanna NSW 2518
Postal Address
PO Box 117 Corrimal, NSW 2518
President: Rose Cook
1st Vice President: Chris Hatton
2nd Vice President: Bob Hanson
Secretary: John Maley
Rock Swap: Annual rock swap is the last Sunday in February
Mineral meeting: 4th Wednesday of the month 6.30pm at club rooms ( except December )

Inverell Lapidary Club
McIlveen Street, Inverell
(access via Medora Street off the Tingha Road)
PO Box 600
Inverell NSW 2360
Secretary: Ross Provis  ph 6721 4563

Lapidary Club of NSW Inc
136 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
PO Box 425
Darlinghurst NSW 1300

Annual Fees: Adults $45, Pensioners & concession card holders $25. Joining fee $5.
Club Hours:  Monday and Wednesday 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Friday night 6.30pm – 9.30pm for experienced members
Saturday 1pm to 4pm
Sunday 11.30am – 3.30pm
Members’ attendance fee $5 per session
Club Activities: Cutting and polishing stones, silver work
Open Day: Second weekend in April.
Annual Show: Fourth weekend in October.
Contacts: Lilly Murphy 02 9319 2892 or 0403 909 130
Judy Salter 02 9314 6567

New members and visitors are welcome.

Lismore Gem and Lapidary Club Inc
Lismore Showground
Alexandra Parade
North Lismore NSW 2480
PO Box 743
Lismore NSW 2480
President: Rodney Knight 02 6624 6493
Vice President: Jenny Vryenhoek 02 6689 9337
Secretary: Lesley Cann 02 6663 5377
Treasurer: Bruce Copper Ph 02 6688 8280
The club is one of the longest established clubs in country NSW, having been going for more than 50 years. A full range of lapidary activities is offered at the club workshops and regular fossicking trips are organised.
Workshop Hours: Tuesday 2pm – 9.30pm Thursday 9am – 12.30pm Saturday 1pm – 4.30pm
Meetings: Normally second Monday of the month at 7.30pm
Membership Fees: $15pa; workshop fee $3 per session
GEMFEST Show: In May each year the club runs GEMFEST,  held on the weekend following Mothers’ Day each year.

Macleay Gem and Mineral Club
PO Box 125
Kempsey 2440 NSW
Secretary: Rad Davies    0427 257067
Treasurer: Chris Mattick    0407 457042    02 65698111

Manning Great Lakes Gem and Mineral Club Inc
Area: Manning, Great Lakes, Laurieton
Address:  54 Boundary St, Forster. 2428
President: Bob Reed Phone 02 6555 9402
Vice President: John Riley Phone 02 6559 7191

Manning Valley Rock Hounds Lapidary Clubmanning-valley-museum
Contact Secretary: Jenny Summerville.
Mail address: PO Box 275 Taree NSW 2430
Meets every Saturday 10 am till 4 pm in the Grandstand Pavilion beneath the Grand Stand at Wingham Showground on the Gloucester Road.
Our club was formed in 2009 and has around 50 members. We have a well equipped workshop with everything a lapidary enthusiast could want. We teach faceting and cabbing to beginners, have some great fossicking adventures locally and away, and have an impressive Gem and Mineral Museum open to the general public every Saturday.

Manning Valley Rock Hounds Lapidary Club Gem and Mineral Museum website
Club Flier Manning Valley Rockhounds Flyer 2016


Mineralogical Society of New South Wales Inc
C/o School of Natural Science
BCRI Parramatta Campus
University of Western Sydney
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith South DC NSW 1797
Meetings: The The Mineralogical Society of New South Wales Inc. meets at the School of Natural Science, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta (North) Campus. This map provides the directions to the meeting place and parking details. Note that there are two sections to the Campus. The School of Natural Science is on the north side of Victoria Road. It can only be entered from Pemberton Street. Meetings are usually held in room LZG 14, which is on the ground floor. At times it may be necessary to make a room change so always check the Newsletter for confirmation. Meetings are held on the first Friday of all months except when the first Friday falls on a holiday weekend, in which case the meeting is postponed to the following Friday.
There is no meeting in January.
If in doubt contact George Laking (02) 9636 7145 or
Jim Sharpe (02) 9871 2502.
Meetings commence at 7.30 PM
Library: The Society maintains an extensive library of mineralogical and earth-science-related books for borrowing by members and also subscribes to a selection of the leading mineralogical magazines.

Mudgee Fossicking Club
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Newcastle Lapidary Club Inc
2 Dora Road
Adamstown, NSW
PO Box 66 Adamstown NSW 2289
Ph:(02) 4952 9611
Meetings: Tuesday & Friday – 9:00am to 2:00pm, Saturday – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: Single $22.00 (plus $7 joining fee); Couple $34.00 (plus $10 joining fee); Family $39.00 (plus $10 joining fee); Junior(12-16yrs) $12.00 (plus $6 joining fee).
Tuition: We teach silversmithing and casting, cabochon cutting and polishing, faceting, beadwork and jewellery making.
Exhibition: Rock Auction in March; Exhibition 2nd weekend in November – Newcastle PCYC, Broadmeadow

New England Lapidary and Fossicking Club Inc
PO Box 82
Uralla NSW 2358
Contact Secretary on (02) 6778 4931
President: Terry Hayward
Secretary: Cheryl Henderson (02) 6778 4931
Meetings: The last Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm club room Uralla Showground
Lapidary Sessions: Usually once a month on a Sunday (club room Uralla Showground) and are organised at the monthly meeting
Fossicking / Field Trips: Usually once a month on a Sunday and are organised at the meeting prior to the trip
Membership Fees: Single $25 (Member over 18 yrs of age), Family $30 (2 adults – children under 18), Pensioner Single $20, Pensioner Family $25, Self Funded Retiree Single $20, Self-funded Retiree Family $25

Northern Districts Lapidary Club Inc NDLC_30102010_-171
PO Box 59
Beecroft NSW 2119
Ph: 02 9484 0014
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Orange Lapidary and Mineral Club Inc
Cultural Centre
Sale Street
Orange NSW 2800
PO Box 1234
Orange NSW 2800
President: K Ruddy 0439 028 979
Secretary: N Willoughby 02 6362 3934
Workshops: Wednesdays 9 – 12 noon and 7pm – 9pm

Parramatta Holroyd Lapidary Club
73 Fullagar Road
Wentworthville NSW 2145
PO Box 334
Wentworthville NSW 2145
Ph: 02 9636 7843
Exhibition Date: please see Events Page

Port Macquarie Art and Craft Centre Lapidary Group
Port Macquarie Art and Craft Centre,
Lapidary Group,
PO Box 177,
Port Macquarie, 2444
Street Address: cnr Gordon Street and Lake Road, Port Macquarie.
The Lapidary Group presently meets on Wednesdays from 9am for Silver Jewellery, and on Thursdays from 9 am for General Lapidary, including Faceting and Cabbing. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Port Hacking Lapidary Club
Port Hacking Lapidary Club Inc.
Gymea Community Centre,
Rear 39 Gymea Bay Road Gymea
Postal Address: The Secretary
Port Hacking Lapidary Club Inc.
PO Box 109 Gymea NSW 2227
President: Colin Wright 0418 286 003
Secretary: Cathy Fisher
Treasurer: Bob McLean
Workshop: 02 9526 1106

Rooty Hill and District Lapidary Club
Mail: PO Box 59, Rooty Hill NSW 2766
Clubroom: Rooty Hill School of Arts (rear of building), 32 Rooty Hill Rd (South), Rooty Hill NSW
Workshop hours: Tuesday 9am – 1pm; Thursday 6.30pm – 9pm; and Saturday 9am – 12.30pm.

Silver Plus Inc
C/- Jan Anderson
24/10 Ray Street
Turramurra NSW 2074
President: Gillian Moir
Secretary: Amelia Gilmore
Treasurer: Jan Anderson
Public Officer: Jenny Williams
Committee Members: Heidi Francis, Margaret Illy

Tamworth Lapidary Club
Tamworth Region
PO Box 3426W
West Tamworth 2340
109 Peel Street, Tamworth
C/- The Craft Centre, 109 Peel Street Tamworth, NSW 2340
Vice President: Paul Moxon
Ph: 67671076
Meetings: Tuesday 7.00pm – 9.30pm (silver classes), Saturday 12.30pm – 3.30pm (Cabbing, Polishing and general activities), 3rd Wednesday of the month 7.00pm-9.30pm (General Meeting)
Field trips are irregular and are usually for lapidary material or fossils


The Fossil Club of Australia Inc
Club Meets at Rooms of Parramatta-Holroyd Lapidary Club
73 Fullagar Road
Wentworthville NSW 2176
President: Laurie Brown 0418 247 980
Secretary: Albert Sequiera
Postal Address: 2 Hugh Place, Kings Langley NSW 2147
Ph 0402 879 266

Ulladulla District Lapidary Club
President  4455 1384

Western Suburbs Lapidary Club
Clubrooms: Concord Community Centre
1a Gipps Street
Concord 2137
President: Ainslie Flynn
Contact: Ainslie Flynn for information about workshop times
Ph: 02 9744 9949
General Meeting: 3rd Saturday in the month at 10am at the Clubrooms
Fees: $23 per year, Concession $15: Joining $10, Family $15: $3 per session (half day) at clubrooms.
Tuition: Cutting and polishing cabochons, faceting, gem trees, dichroic glass, enamelling, casting and silver jewellery.
Instagram: jewellery_w.s_lapidary_club
Correspondence: PO Box 88 Concord West NSW 2138

Wingala Lapidary Arts & Crafts Groups Inc
Phone: 0419 247 255
Clubhouse Harbord Park, Wyadra Ave, Freshwater 2096
Mail to: PO Box 111, Freshwater 2096
Description: Teaches lapidary and some other arts and crafts. Silver Jewellery and PMC. Glass bead making
Hours: Wed 10.30-4; Thurs 10-10