Cairns Mineral & Lapidary Club Inc.

This site is a snapshot from September 2021 for historical archive purposes. Please visit if you are not here for this archive. Information about this archive.

60th anniversary year of club

Thanks to all who participated in Gemfest. Links to records, photos and prize winners

Contributing to opening more fossicking areas in northern QLD

Contact, Location & Hours

Recent & Upcoming Events

Updated 5 September: Link to recent club news. President’s Report from AGM. Managment Commitee elected at AGM. August Newsletter. Star member Sokar Phillpot. Opening new fossicking areas.

Members, we need you to become instructors. Mentorship provided.

Club AGM, Sat 4 Sep 2021 11 am. All members invited. Sausage sizzle following.

Monthly club meeting at 11 am followed by AGM at 12 noon Have your say and vote. Sausage Sizzle following.

Club Meeting, Sat 7 Aug 2021 12 noon. All members invited. Sausage sizzle following.

Club Meeting, Sat 9 October 2021 12 noon. All members invited. Sausage sizzle following.




Our Club

​ The formation of the club for “hobbyists who wish to collect, identify and cut minerals and gems in the Cairns District” was the first discussed at a meeting on September 4, 1961. Just one month later, on October 2, 1961 the group of hobbyists officially voted to name the new club “The Mineral and Lapidary Club of Cairns.”

According to the clubs constitution back in 1961, the clubs aims and objective included:

  • To Bring together all those interests in the collection and polishing of gems and minerals
  • To provide the means of increasing and exchange of knowledge of gems and minerals and mounting of same
  • To promote comradeship and mutual aid to members
  • To conduct tours to mineral fields.

Throughout early 1962, regular field trips to areas including Wolfram Camp, Mt Molloy, Herbert and Mt Garnet enabled the club to have enough specimens to host its first display at the cairns show.

The club also now holds an annual Gem Festival where club members are able to show and sell their specimens and creations.

The club continues to conduct field trips to places surrounding Cairns including:

  • Innot Hot Springs (Mt Gibson for topaz, cassiterite and smoky quartz)
  • Mt Surprise (O’Briens Creek for topaz, smoky quartz)
  • Agate Creek (Past Georgetown for agate)
  • Lava Plains (Sapphire)

The interest and values that were put forward in those first meeting back in the early 1960s still thrives in the Cairns Mineral and Lapidary Club today.

​The club moved into the purpose-built W. J. Fulton Memorial Building at 129 Mulgrave Rd in 1975 (image at top). Former Cairns mayor and federal MP, W J (Bill) Fulton, survived a land mine explosion as a Rat of Tobruk

W J Fulton Memorial Building Sign

Recent Posts

Club News

5 September 2021: President’s Annual Report from 2021 AGM 5 September 2021: Management Committee elected at AGM on 4 September 2021 President: Not filled. To be filled at October General Meeting Acting President: Michael Hardcastle Vice President: Bill Reece Secretary: Debbie Bloomfield Treasurer: Jodie Sawyer Webadmin: Sokar Phillpot Additional Member: Joe Venables 31 August 2021: August Club Newsletter 12 August 2021: Celebrating and appreciating star member Sokar Phillpot 12 August 2021: Opening new fossicking areas The QLD government is open to opening new fossicking areas in northern QLD The club is recognised by the QLD government for the purposes of adding ideas and suggestions PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED.


CMLC Newsletters

Mt Gibson 2020

Mt Gibson 2020 Field Trip Report by Jan MT GIBSON, INNOT HOT SPRINGS FIELD TRIP Pictures from Jan Pictures from Tammi Picture from Debbie Report by John and Isabella Mt Gibson 2020 Field Trip Please click on images below to enlarge and show captions Those who attended Experienced Newcomers Michael Hardcastle Kylie and Lance O’Brien with children Emily and Lewis Jan and Trevor Hannam Mami Osada with son Ashley Richie Williams Maria Donkers Tammi Saal Hannah and Luke Dornan with 15 month old son Elijah Debbie and Wayne Davis Graeme and Kylie Wiencke John and Isabella Heenan Report by Jan MT GIBSON, INNOT HOT SPRINGS FIELD TRIP OCTOBER 3rd - 5th By Jan Hannam

Past Events

Gemfest Christmas Party, 12 December 2021 Slab sale by Bruno and Helen Simonetto, 26 September 2020 Images from the slab sale Notice for the slab sale event. Gemfest Gemfest is an annual event with much community interest. Christmas Party, 12 December 2021 The Frying Dutchies, also on Facebook, catered to the club for the Christmas Party. From the club facebook page “A massive thank you and shout out to Marit and Remco, The Frying Dutchies, for catering our Christmas Lunch today!

COVID-19 Issues

Updates following reopening Recent club activities following reopening Fourth Update October 2020 Sorry: No more sharing of home style cooked food at the club (COVID-19 rule). So no more sausage sizzles after club meetings, including next meeting at 12 noon on 7 November. Also please remember to bring your own cup or disposable cups and to keep eating areas only for eating. So please: no rocks where people eat.


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  • Cairns Mineral & Lapidary Club Inc, 129 Mulgrave Rd (Cairns Youth & Recreation Centre Grounds), Cairns, QLD 4870
  • Entrance is through back of building on right near shipping container. Exit is through front. COVID-19 safety plan requires registration and acceptance of entry conditions. Where reasonably practical, ensure you maintain at least 1.5 meters physical distancing from others, including at meal breaks. Bring own cup. Bring wipes if using electrical machines.
  • Monday 4:00pm to 9:30pm
    Wednesday 8:30am to 4:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm
    (Closed Public Holiday Weekends)

    General meetings held on the first Saturday of each month at 12 pm
    (If the Saturday is a public holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Saturday of that month)

    Map coordinates: -16.92756, 145.76233