The Launceston Gem and Mineral show was held on the weekend of November 16 and 17, 2019, in the Elphin Sports Centre. The weather and crowds were pretty good, some coming to buy treasures, and many just to look at the displays and trade stalls. Word has it that nearly 600 people came to see the displays and what was offered by 21 traders from Tasmania and interstate.
Neil Newnam founded the show about ten years ago, to provide an annual event for local gem and mineral lovers. This year we had another great mineral and fossil display from QVMAG, including some massive pieces of fossil wood, and highlights from two major sub-collections, the Fogg and Cunningham collections (many thanks to David Maynard and Andrew Tuma). There were also excellent displays of Tasmanian fossils from Peter Manchester, and an interesting small collection of Savage River mineral specimens, collected by Neil from his workplace. It's good to get these treasures out to the public view..
MRT provided their usual stall loaded with books, maps, a microscope, information and fossicking licences. Besides all this we also assisted in selling Geological Society of Australia books, the Australian Journal of Mineralogy and in promoting Tasmanian Geotourism and courses with the University of Tasmania, and assisting the Museum. Many thanks to Andrea, Emma, Tamara and the Popes for coming from as far as Burnie and Hobart to help. Thank goodness as, especially on the Saturday, it was very busy!