Mineralogical Society
of Victoria Inc.

Mineralogical Society of Victoria

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The Society:

The Mineralogical Society of Victoria Incorporated was established in March 1976 with the aim of fostering an interest in Mineralogy.

The Society has approximately 120 members with about 40% being country or interstate residents.

We meet on the second Monday of the month (except January) at The Royal Society of Victoria's Rooms, 9 Victoria Street, Melbourne. Meetings commence at 8:00 pm and usually finish at about 10:00 pm after a light supper has been served. Visitors are most welcome to attend.

The meeting format usually consists of a short information and report section followed by a short talk from a member on a topic of mineralogical interest. The main talk is usually a guest speaker on a subject of mineralogical or geological interest. Members are also encouraged to bring along mineral specimens for viewing, particularly specimens collected on recent field excursions.

The Society has a substantial reference library, which members can use at no cost, apart from return postage from country areas.

Other activities include field excursions with several field trips held each year. The majority are one day excursions, however, weekend or extended interstate trips are held when possible

There are several sub-groups that meet regularly throughout the year. These include:

  • The Photographic Group which has produced slide albums on selected Victorian sites and a CD of species collected at the Pinnacles mine dumps at Broken Hill. Their work forms and important photographic record of both Victorian and Broken Hill species.
  • The Micro-mineral Group meets at members homes and studies specimens based on subjects selected by members of the group. A reference collection has been established of Victorian, Broken Hill and Iron Monarch mine specimens. Donations of specimens for these collections are always welcome.
  • The Mineral Appreciation Group meets at the Nunawading Lapidary Club rooms and studies specimens based on subjects selected by the members of the group. This group normally concentrates on specimens that do not require the assistance of the microscope to fully appreciate the specimen.

The Committee is keen to publicise the Society and attends gem and mineral exhibitions during the year.


The Society publishes a regular newsletter which is circulated to all financial members. This newsletter contains a forward diary, reports from the Committee, a transcript of previous talks given at the General Meetings and other articles of general interest.

The Society has also produced the following Special Publications on Victorian minerals: The first book "The Minerals of the Maldon Goldfield" is now out of print.

The second publication "Zeolites of Victoria" details the zeolite mineral species and locations of species throughout Victoria. This book, with many coloured photographs, is an excellent reference on many of the common zeolite minerals. This publication is now out of print.

The third publication is on "Phosphate Minerals of Victoria". This book details the phosphate mineral occurrences in detail with many coloured photographs. It is still available at the attractive price of A$28.00 including postage (Australia); A$33.00 (overseas).

Special Publication No. 4 is "Gem Minerals of Victoria". This is an attractively presented full colour publication of 120 pages, providing details on the gem minerals found in Victoria. The price of the publication is A$37.95 including postage within Australia, and A$43.00 for overseas.

"Broken Hill Mineral Album - Minerals collected at the Pinnacles mine". is a CD produced to assist collectors identify material collected from the Pinnacle mine dumps. The dump material was extracted from the Block 14 and Kintore opencuts between 1997 and 1998 and from the North mine opencut in the early 1990s fro processing at the Pinnacles treatment plant.

Runs on PCs using a web browser (eg Internet Explorer) an is available for A$23.00 including postage with Australia and A$25.00 overseas.

Visit the Museum of Victoria's mineralogy and petrology section website that contains more details of these publications and more.

Membership Details:

Joining Fee: A$ 5.00
City Adult Member: A$25.00
City Family Membership: A$35.00 (2 adults & children under 18)
Student Member: (Full Time) A$15.00
Country Adult Member: A$20.00
Country Family Membership: A$30.00

Contact Details:

Postal Address:

The Secretary
PO Box 12162
A'Beckett Street
Melbourne, Vic 8006

You can also email Dermot Henry, Society Member (dhenry@museum.vic.gov.au)

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