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The Burnie District Gemstone Club's Beginning.......
The Old Adult Education Centre before it was burnt down. This was the original Burnie District Gemstone's Club then known as The Burnie Lapidary Club Rooms situated in the old basement (The Old Pottery Room) cleaned out by a working bee to clean up the room. Dirt floors and low ceilings was the highlight of the new clubs accommodation.
Prior to this the building was the original Parklands High School.
The club was originally formed by 34 people with the intention of becoming members of the Burnie Lapidary Club in July, 1967.
Margaret Johnson and Bob Wilson are the oldest members of our club and were part of the original club and they are still members today in 2012. There was a joining fee of $5 per member and the annual subscription was $3 per single full member and $4 for husband and wife. Junior membersip was discussed at the rate of $3 to join and $1 per year for those between 16 and 18 years of age but it was decided to leave this matter in abeyance.
Some of the original names that were put forward for the club were:
Burnie Lapidary Club
Burnie District Lapidary Club
Burnie Gem Club
Burnie Gemmological Association
It was decided to be the Burnie Lapidary Club until it was changed to the current name The Burnie District Gemstone Club.
The first officials of the club were as follows:
Mr. George Sorrell
Mr. Bob Wilson
Mrs. Margaret Johnson
Left vacant to the next meeting - Mr. R. J. Cowie
Mr. & Mrs. Boarder
Mr. J W. Johnson
Mr. E. J. Gard
The first field trip for the club was to Calder Quarries and Fossil Bluff and was held on Sunday, 23rd July, 1967 and they met at Wynyard at 9.30 am.
The club also organised speakers to come to the club to talk on different subjects of interest.
The members were encouraged to bring labelled specimens to the club rooms for display.
The first equipment purchased for the club as follows:
8" slab/trim saw - $100
2 double ended sanders - $12
1 double ended grinder with wide spindle - $30
Plummer blocks and shaft - $10
1 double ended buff $6
Main shaft (12 ft long approx.) - $3
Sanding Papers - $8
1 lb tin oxide - $3
1 lb tin cerium oxide - $3
1/2 pint tin Bear disc cement - $1
3 templates - $1-80
1/2 hp. electric motor to drive main shaft - donated by Mr. Vandenberg
1/4 hp. motor for saw - donated by Mr. Vandenberg
Old cooker solid hotplates to use as flat laps - donated