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Geelong Gem and Mineral Club - History

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How Our Club Was Formed
In early 1967, after a series of Adult Education Classes held in the Geelong Free Library for people interested in the art of Lapidary, under the instructions of local jewellers M. Ross Scott and Mr. John Flowers. An approach was made to Mr. Scott by one of the pupils Mr. Arol Miller asking What can we do with these stones we have cut?

Mr. Scott then placed an advertisement in the Geelong Advertiser Newspaper on February 18th. 1967 calling a meeting of all budding Lapidaries, Rockhounds, Collectors, Etc., to a meeting in the Davidson Hall, Gordon Institute of Technology to be held on Tuesday February 21st. Approximately 150 persons attended and it was decided, on the motion of Mr. Bob Warren, seconded by Mr. John O'Dwyer That a club be formed, for the purpose of furthering the interests of Gem Cutting and related activities in Geelong. A committee was then formed to investigate ways and means of forming the proposed club.

Following meetings of this committee held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Scott, a public meeting was Held on March 21st. at which it was decided on the motion of Mr. Jack Dulfer, seconded by Mr. Jim Ablett That the constitution as circulated be accepted as the constitution of the Geelong and District Gem and Mineral Club, nominations were called to form a committee of up to 15 members, the following nominations were received, Mr. Jim Ablett. Mr. Graeme Block. Mr. Eric Bryan. Mrs Lyla Bryan. Mr. Alec Chomley. Mrs. Mabel Dulfer. Mr. Charles Gill. Mr. Mike Higgins. Mr. Phil Jacobs. Mr. Jack McKenzie. Mrs Jean Poole. Mr. Ross Scott. Mr. Bob Warren, as only 14 nominations were received an election was unnecessary, the Executive elected by this committee elected were.

1967 Committee

PresidentMr. Ross Scott.Vice PresidentMr. Charles Gill
SecretaryMr. Jim AblettAss/SecretaryMr. Eric Bryan
TreasurerMr Bob WarrenPublic RelationsMr. Mike Higgins
MembershipMr. Graeme Block

It was also decided on the motion of Mr. Block, seconded by Mr. Ablett, That the club meet every four weeks, on a Tuesday, the first meeting to be held on Tuesday April 11th. 1967 in the Davidson Hall Approximately 120 people attended this meeting and the treasurer reported a credit balance at the bank of $150.40.

The first Field Trip of the club was held to Steiglitz on April 23rd. under the leadership of Mr. Graeme Block, this trip was voted a great success by all members attending.

A competition for the design of a club badge, the competition being subsequently won by Mr. R. Hand with the design of our present badge depicting the You Yangs Mountains supporting a geologist Pick and Shovel, and bearing the words Geelong and District Gem and Mineral Club, the blue and White colours of the badge representing the blue and White waters of Corio Bay, also the colours of the local football team, the Geelong Cats.

Written by John McMahon

NOTE: The full text about our club history is quite extensive, for that reason we have only shown the above information. A complete copy of our Club History can be downloaded by clicking the link shown below. You will need Adobe Acrobat Viewer to be able to read it.

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