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Clubrooms Address: Collier Park, Palmer, South Australia 5237

Postal Address: Murraylands Gem and Mineral Club Inc., PO Box 1593, Murray Bridge, South Australia 5253

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Club History

History of Murraylands Gem & Mineral Club Inc.

Mar 10
1993

A small group met at the Lymn residence for a social meeting and continued to do so monthly on a cycle through each other’s homes.

 

Jun 14
1995

First committee elected. Meeting held at Max Arthur’s home. President: Kim Loechel, Vice President: Ray Quast, Secretary: Nancy Lymn, Treasurer: Brenton Bennett, Committee: Rubein Geister. Guest speaker: April Blair.

 

Jul 12
1995

Club name voted. Murray Bridge Gem and Mineral Club adopted. GEMCSA informed of new club. First Newsletter and first raffle $21.60

 

Sep 13
1995

Club affiliated with GEMCSA.

 

Sep
1995

First field trip to Angus Creek at Birdwood for gold panning.

 

Sep 23/24
1995

Club display at Murray Bridge Show.

 

Dec
1995

Meeting held at Memorial Rest Rooms, South Terrace, Murray Bridge.

 

Jan
1996

Meeting held at Spinner’s & Weavers Hall, Jose Street, Murray Bridge.

 

Mar
1996

Club logo appears on Newsletter. Designed by April Blair.

 

Sep
1996

Meetings held in Dining Room, Murray Bridge Show Grounds.

 

Jan
1997

Mineral Competition starts - Open, Novice & Junior.

 

Mar
1997

Workshop up and running at Murray Bridge Show Grounds. Novelty added to competitions.

 

Apr
1998

Murray Bridge Gem and Mineral Club organise field trips for the Gawler Gemboree.

 

Oct
1998

Palmer Rockarama idea suggested for May weekend 1999

 

Jan
1999

Fossils added to competitions.

 

May
1999

First Palmer Rockarama a great success.

 

Dec
1999

Wombat club mascot adopted.

 

May
2000

Second Rockarama

 

Jun
2000

Club 5 years old.

 

Apr
2001

First meeting at Palmer in the Pavilion Hall.

 

May
2001

Rockarama & First South Australian Metal Detecting Championship.

 

Sep
2001

Clubrooms building program to start.

 

Apr
2002

Clubrooms ordered.

 

Aug
2002

Clubroom construction commenced.

 

Oct
2002

Clubroom at lockup stage.

 

Dec
2002

Flushing of gyprock.

 

Apr
2003

Gemboree at Gawler. Club runs field trips.

 

May
2003

First meeting in new clubrooms. New Club Logo adopted, designed by Sam Slater.

 

Nov
2003

Verandas erected.

Feb
2004

Septic installed and connected.

Jul
2004

Paving completed.

Jan
2005

Storage shed erection starts.

Apr
2005

Kitchen floor tiled and store room completed.

Jun 14
2005

Club 10 years old.

Jul 2
2005

10th Birthday celebrations and Official opening by The Honourable Peter Lewis MP.

Jan
2006

Metal Detecting included in competitions.

May
2006

Web site up and running.

Jun
2006

Toilet block delivered.

Sep
2006

Hot water at clubrooms.

Jan
2007

Rear veranda & air conditioning installed.

Apr
2007

Rear pavers installed.

May
2007

Rockarama moved to first weekend in May.

Oct
2007

Silversmithing classes began.

Dec
2007

New storage shed erected.

May
2008

10th Rockarama held.

May
2011

10th South Australian Metal Detecting Championship held.

Apr
2013

Gemboree in Murray Bridge. Club runs field and metal detecting trips.

Oct
2013

New president appointed - Ian Thorley.

Jun
2015

Club 20yrs old.

Oct
2015

New president appointed – Kym Loechel.