The Aims of Our Club
- Promote interest in gemology and participation in the lapidary and associated crafts.
- Provide a program of activities including: excursions, exhibitions and demonstrations, education, meetings, which will further these objectives.
- Cater for many levels of lapidary craft, as our experienced members are willing to share their knowledge with all phases of cutting and polishing specimens and faceting gems.
- Establish and maintain a workshop in which members may learn and practise lapidary activities.
- Support and promote the responsible development of Australia’s gemstone and mineral resources in the interest of both the amateur crafts person and the Australian gemstone industry.
A Brief History
Twenty six people interested in lapidary and fossicking attended the inaugural lapidary meeting held at Batemans Bay CWA Hall on Thursday, 28th February, 1985 when it was officially moved to form a lapidary club.
A steering committee was thus formed, and at the next meeting the club was named the Batemans Bay Lapidary Club.
By August 1985 the Batemans Bay Lapidary Club joined The Australian Federation of Lapidary and Allied Crafts Associations (AFLACA) and the Gem and Lapidary Council of NSW.
Contact with the Canberra Gem Society was also established.
Relations with the Milton/Ulladulla Lapidary Club continued as some of our members came to us from that club.
The constitution of the Canberra Gem Society (prior to the formation of the Canberra Lapidary Club) was received as an example of such a document for our club, and by February 1986 after amendments were made, the constitution for our club was produced.
The first Annual General Meeting of the Batemans Bay Lapidary Club was held on the 23rd April 1986, when the minutes of the inaugural meeting were read.
In recent years the Canberra Lapidary Club has provided us with lapidary equipment including a saw and flat lap, as well as ongoing advice, particularly regarding the setting up of the workshop.
In addition, the Tea Tree Gem and Mineral Club in Adelaide has given helpful advice concerning the club website.
We had previously established a workshop at The Original Gold Rush Colony at Mogo which was devastated by bushfires in January. It is very exciting to announce a new partnership with Batemans Bay Heritage Museum providing us with a place from which to operate.
The content for the Local Geology information, as featured on the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society website, has been provided by Dr. Douglas M. Finlayson, a retired Geologist and formerly employed by Geoscience Australia.
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