Welcome to our Forthcoming Lectures and Workshops

Lectures are held in the Mawson Lecture Theatre, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Adelaide   Click here for map

Upcoming Lecture

The Field Geology Club of South Australia presents:
The Mineral Collection at the South Australian Museum   
Thursday February 4th 2021
7:45 pm
Mawson Lecture Theatre
Earth Sciences 
University of Adelaide
Ben McHenry
Senior Collections Manager,
Earth Sciences,
SA Museum

South Australia is the proud birthplace of the Australian mining industry with the nation’s first payable deposits of silver - lead discovered at the Adelaide foothills in 1841, quickly followed by copper at Kapunda in 1842 and Burra in 1845. The South Australian Museum was founded in June 1856 and mineral specimens were amongst the first material obtained. Since then the mineral collections have significantly grown to now totalling almost 40,000 registered specimens. Our strengths are in the South Australian 19th century historical localities as well as the iron deposits from the Middleback Ranges on Eyre Peninsula, spectacular secondary minerals from the mines at Broken Hill, and more recently, from the new era of copper mining in the state, championed by the Olympic Dam Mine.  We also have great coverage from important international localities.  The past decade has seen the development of the finest collection of Australian precious opal in existence. 
 Ben McHenry grew up collecting minerals and fossils in Western Victoria in the early 1970’s and has been doing it ever since.  He completed a B.Sc (Hons Geology) at the University of Melbourne and entered the workforce, relocating to South Australia to work on oil rigs in the Cooper Basin and later Bass Strait.  A rare opening to work at the South Australian Museum appeared in 1985, was snatched with both hands and he is still there. Originally employed as a “Museum Assistant”, he moved on to later curate the fossil collections and ultimately the entire State geological collections housed at the Museum, finding time along the way to complete an M.Sc at the University of Adelaide. He now specializes in curating the mineral collections.
If you wish to attend it is essential to register by contacting Frances Williams (frances.williams@adelaide.edu.au).
It is advisable to book early as numbers are restricted and attendance will be first come, first served.

We hope to be able to Zoom the meeting but at this stage it can’t be guaranteed. If attendance via Zoom is available the link will be emailed to members.

Upcoming Workshop

Cynthia Pyle will be running her popular Geological Workshop prior to the meeting. The topic of the workshop will be:
What is the Earth's Crust made of?
We know that the Earth’s crust is made up of rocks but what exactly are rocks? What are rocks made of? We will use some examples of common rocks, such as granite, to discover some answers to the above questions.

The workshop will start at 6.30 pm, but people are welcome to come in later, as everyone works independently or with a friend. The workshop will be held in the Sprigg Room. Go past the Tate Museum and take the next staircase on the right. The Sprigg Room is right at the top of the stairs. Anyone who arrives after 6.30pm and can't get into the building can ring the FGC bell if it is in place.

10 Minute Topic

Brian Harris will talk on “Geology of Southern India, Rajas and Social Welfare”.