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Minerals now back where they belong

Wednesday, 7th January, 2015

Visitors Callum Dunn (9) and his sister Georgie (8) take in the display of minerals at the GeoCentre. The centre has nine new specimens from the Milton Lavers collection.PICTURE: Emily Roberts Visitors Callum Dunn (9) and his sister Georgie (8) take in the display of minerals at the GeoCentre. The centre has nine new specimens from the Milton Lavers collection.PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Andrew Robertson

They were recently part of the finest private collection of Broken Hill minerals ever assembled - and now they’re here to stay.

Nine specimens from Milton Lavers’ vast and unparalleled collection are now on display at the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum (GeoCentre).

The Lavers Mineral Collection Group spent more than it raised to secure the minerals to enhance the city’s own collection held at the GeoCentre.

They might be a tiny fraction of the famed collection - much of which has now been broken up and sold to private collectors from across Australia - but they represent the rich mineralogical diversity that defines Broken Hill.

The additions consist of a Cerussite; Azurite with Iodargyrite; Bustamite with Spessartine and Hedenbergite; Rhodochrosite on quartz; Manganoan Calcite; Anglesite on Coronadite; Rhodonite with Fluorapatite and Galena; and Calcite on Calcite.

A ninth specimen, Hedenbergite, is actually on loan from Melbourne mineral dealer Rob Sielecki - who purchased the collection from Mr Lavers’ family after his death last year - until the group can scrape together another $6,000 to pay for it.

The group, which raised $17,000 in two months through donations, raffles and the sale of sponsor tiles, has eight months to find the extra money, according to member Angela Bailey.

It would have been more had CBH Resources not made a last minute donation of $2000.

Ms Bailey, who also manages the GeoCentre, said a new fundraising drive would begin again soon.

People wanting to donate to the group can do so via direct deposit (Westpac, BSB 032816 Account 268049).

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