Come and Share the Lapidary Experience
Lapidary - The art of cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones
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The formation of the club for “hobbyists who wish to collect, identify and cut minerals and gems in the Cairns District” was the first discussed at a meeting on September 4, 1961. Just one month later, on October 2, 1961 the group of hobbyists officially voted to name the new club “The Mineral and Lapidary Club of Cairns.”
According to the clubs constitution back in 1961, the clubs aims and objective included:
Throughout early 1962, regular field trips to areas including Wolfram Camp, Mt Molloy, Herbert and Mt Garnet enabled the club to have enough specimens to host its first display at the cairns show.
The club also now holds an annual Gem Festival where club members are able to show and sell their specimens and creations.
The club continues to conduct field trips to places surrounding Cairns including:
The interest and values that were put forward in those first meeting back in the early 1960s still thrives in the Cairns Mineral and Lapidary Club today.
Welcome Everyone Cairns Mineral Lapidary Club Inc is accepting new members. Join early in the year for the best value. Membership starts January 1st and expires December 31st. A reminder to members: Saturday 7th March General Meeting day is the last day to renew membership at the discount rate. Lost Wax Casting Casting Session: all day Sunday 15th March starts 9am if you are participating please enter your name in the casting book.
Quote: “We are a not-for profit organisation that provides tuition, equipment and facilities for people in the community who would like to join a club to learn more about the arts of lapidary and jewellery making.”
Summary: aims, facilities for community, donations, membership increase, Gem Festival success, activities, new equipment, attendances, information sessions, field trips, refurbishments, thanks.
Acceptance from New President, Michael Hardcastle, 2017 First and foremost I’d like to thank the outgoing President Bill Reece for his contribution of time and dedicated work effort over the past 20 years to make the club what it is today. Thank-you Bill. I am pleased to know that Bill is not leaving but stepping back to Vice-President. I became a member of our club about 7 years ago because of my interest in fossicking.