Club Details

PO Box 8 5540 South Australia
The old railway station platform tearooms
at the Tourism and Arts Complex.

For further details please contact:-

Vice President:-

Membership Details:-

Workshop Times:-

The workshop is open by request.

Club Meetings:-

Meetings are held every month on the third Wednesday. The micro mounters also meet
on the same day as the meeting.
Meetings are held at the old railway station platform tearooms at the Tourism and Arts
The Annual General Meeting is held in November with a general meeting following.


The club fosters the learning about faceting, displays, micro mounting etc.
And talks to various schools and organizations in the local area.

Club History:-

In January 1989 an advertisement was placed in the Port Pirie Recorder paper inviting
people to the Community Welfare Office meeting rooms for mid February 1989. The
aim was establish if there were enough persons interested in forming a gem club in the
Port Pirie area. The meeting was called by Lyn Leibelt, who worked at the Tafe Campus
and Henry Beard, an avid rock and mineral collector. The meeting was attended by 32
people, and it appeared that there was enough enthusiasm to convene a meeting for
mid March. A call was made for office bearers to start a club.

During the first year, the club was named the Flinders Geology, Gem and Mineral Club
(FGGMC), made a constitution and joined the Gem and Mineral Clubs Association of
South Australia (GEMCASA).
The original office bearers were:-

President:- Henry Beard
Vice President:- Ken Smith
Secretary:- Cerrie Forgan
Treasurer:- Georgina Sard

As of this date, there are still five of the original members in the club. A news letter was
started in 1993 by Peter Brock, and has continued with various editors.
The first field trip by the club members was to an area near Bundaleer Reserviour and
led by Kevin Hillary, a very experienced rock hound.

Several meetings were held at the Community Welfare Office before shifting to the
Napperby school late in 1989. The club held meetings there for about 12 months
before moving to the Tafe campus. From the Campus the club shifted to its present
location in August 1994. Membership has been constantly around the 50 members
mark, with children encouraged to come along with their parents on the many
excursions that the club holds.

Field Trips:-

Guided excursions are held every month, weather permitting, to various mine sites
throughout the region.
Flinders Geology, Gem
& Mineral Club
          Tips & Safety On Field Trips

  • Take every precaution while on field trips like making sure you have the right gear like gloves,
    boots, drinking water and basic supplies.
  • Fill in your holes after digging and beware of overhanging rocks and ledges that could collapse
    while digging below.
  • Don't go into old mine shafts as most are unstable and air quality can never be guaranteed.  
  • Always wear safety glasses when breaking or chiselling on rocks.
  • Watch out for snakes and spiders because as a rock hound you're more prone to finding these
    critters than others.
  • Always close gates after you and always take your rubbish home with you if there isn't a proper
    place to leave it.
  • Always tell someone where you are before you leave in case something goes wrong!
  • Always have a first aid kit close by.
  • If you haven't been to an area before draw yourself a map or have a map with you so you don't
    get lost. Mobile phones don't work everywhere!
  • Wear a good hat and sunscreen so you don't get sunburnt.

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to ask permission from any private property owner at any location
when searching for gemstones before you enter any such property. You may also be required to
possess a fossicking license as per state laws.

Safety In The Workshop

  • Don't have loose clothing around any moving machine parts and keep guards on equipment at
    all times.
  • Wear safety glasses while grinding and using any pickle or acid compounds.
  • Wear a filter face mask if required.
  • Don't spill water on any electric motors. Electricity and water don't mix.
  • Keep fingers and hands clear of sharp moving parts.
  • Wear rubber gloves if handling any acids or pickling solutions.
  • Use tweezers when handling hot soldered jewelry.
  • Have a first aid kit near by at all times.