Majesty of minerals
Tuesday, 9th July, 2019
By Callum Marshall
The Broken Hill Mineral Club will be hosting a mineral extravaganza at the Civic Centre on Sunday, with locals being encouraged to come and view all sorts of minerals from dealers and collectors.
Taking place in the Chips Rafferty room at the Civic Centre, the collection of both Australian and foreign minerals will be displayed by Ed Richard of Pristine Minerals and Peter Hall, an ex-Broken Hill local, of CK Minerals.
On Monday, July 15, the minerals will be set up within the Civic Centre from 4pm with a guest talk from Dr. David Vince about new boron mineralogy in China.
Broken Hill Mineral Club president Trevor Dart said the two-day mineral viewing experience would be a great opportunity for locals to come and see and these wonderful minerals up close and purchase them if they wanted to.
“We’ve got two mineral dealers from Melbourne in town and they’re going to have an assortment of minerals from all over the world for sale,” he said.
“There’ll also be some Broken Hill stuff because those guys do have a fair bit of Broken Hill material in their stocks.
“It’s a chance for the locals to see some different minerals from outside of when we normally have a show.
“And it’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often.
“We have a show every couple of years and one of the guys coming up, Peter Hall, from CK Minerals, actually took over from the late Cyril Kovacic, who had been selling minerals for the last 40 to 50 years.
“It’s the first time that Peter’s been in Broken Hill to show off his wares, whereas Richard was here at our show last October and he was quite happy to come back again.”
Mr Dart said it was good to get in a guest speaker like Dr. Vince as well.
“We’ve had a couple of guest speakers this year which have been very good, and hopefully this is another one,” he said.
“The last time we had a guest speaker about 30 to 40 people turned up and it was quite unexpected to see so many people there because our club’s got around 30 members but they don’t all attend meetings.
“So we’re quite pleasantly surprised to see a number of people turn up for that particular meeting.
“For this one, being a bit bigger, in larger venue, advertised more and open to the public, we’re sort of hoping 60 to 80 people come and have a listen.
“We’ll have seats out for a hundred people, hopefully.”
Interest in minerals, said Mr Dart, was evident across a broad range of the community.
“We get all sorts of people come along because it’s amazing how many people are actually interested in the minerals and the geology around Broken Hill,” he said.
“We get a lot of older people, ex-miners.
“And certainly young families with kids that are interested in collecting rocks and minerals.
“We do get visitors come through, we’ve already seen a couple of people from out of town who are going to make the effort to come to town this weekend to get involved in this particular show and talk.”
Tea and coffee will be available following Dr. Vince’s talk. If you have any questions about the event, you contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook page.
WHAT: Broken Hill Mineral Club Mineral Extravaganza
WHEN: Sunday 1pm-3:30pm, Monday from 4pm with a special talk by Dr. David Vince at 7:30pm
WHERE: Chips Rafferty room at the Civic Centre