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Management Committee and Other Personnel Management Committee Members President: Michael Hardcastle Vice-president: Mike Rashleigh Secretary: Jan Hannam Treasurer: Joe Venables Assistant Secretary: Allan Rose Assistant Treasurer: Richie Williams Extra Members MC: Tammi Saal Other Personnel Purchasing Officers: Jan Saal Specimen Curator: David Croft Specimen Testers: David Croft, Vic Lahtinen, Trevor Hannam Cabochon Advisors: Jodi Sawyer Faceting Instructors: Jim Lidstone, Joe Ferk, Trevor Hannam Silver Instructors: Sylvia Rose, Jan Saal


Gemfest is an annual event with much community interest Gemfest 2020, July 25th and 26th. Gemfest 2021, July 31st and Aug 1st, with the club celebrating 60 years. All day food and drinks. Off road parking. Demonstrations, Dealers Specimens, Crafts, Jewellery, Metal Detecting, Raffles, Kid’s Activities Phone Michael on 0450 185 250 or email cairnsmlc AT Raffle Prizes for Gemfest 2020 As images of raffle prizes for Gemfest 2020 become available they will be displayed here.


Fossicking For Specimens Government designated fossicking areas Regular Field Trips Many local spots for crystal quartz Fossicking Calendar Past Field Trips Identify Specimens Consult our Specimen Tester or our Gemologist We have a very comprehensive reference library (On site only) Our members in general have a wealth of knowledge and experience Gemologist Process Specimens With our talented volunteer tutors, learn skills of cutting & polishing gemstones en cabochon or faceted and then setting the stone


Instruction classes with attendance over several sessions Faceting Cabochoning Jewellery Silversmithing To attend the classes please notify interest to the club. When sufficient people have registered interest and an instructor is available you will be notified and requested to confirm attendance Course Notes and Books All of the classes are very much hands on and introduce a lot of new and unfamiliar techniques, tools and terminology. So it is a help to be prepared to do some background reading in your own time.

Field Use Maps

Maps for Field Use This is a service under development to provide useful information in the field to club members. The service is available on a seperate web link and is available to club members upon request. Please ask well before departing on a field trip for the link. Practice is required. Please make sure you access just before departing so as latest updates can be downloaded for offline access on your mobile phone.

Fossicking Calendar

Fossicking Calendar The club organises between three and five fossicking trips each year for members. As a field trip approaches updates will be available through the next upcoming fieldtrip page. You can bookmark this page. Shortly before a field trip commences all updates and direction will be through field trip officers. Please make sure you know who your field trip officers are and that you have spoken to them or speak to them as soon as possible after arriving.


Gemologist Gemologists identify and verbally evaluate gems. Vic Lahtinen, one of the club’s gemologists, is available on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 9am to 10am at the club. You do not need to be a member. Vic has access to suitable equipment to help him identify gems. Vic and his colleagues also identify minerals specimens.