The sixteenth Zeehan Gem and Mineral Fair was held on the weekend of 9-10th November in the Zeehan school sports stadium. The weather was cold and wet but that didn't keep people away, with a steady flow of prospective customers crowding the stadium looking for a bargain or seeking a mineral identification.
Ms. Kim Dunstan founded the Zeehan Gem and Mineral Fair 16 years ago because she wanted to provide an annual event for children in the community, as well as for adult gem and mineral lovers. It was taken over this year by the West Coast Pioneer Memorial Museum. Next year the plan is to hold the event in the Gaiety Theatre, which sounds like a great venue.
MRT provided our usual stall loaded with books, maps, a microscope and prospecting licences, and manned by show stalwart, Ralph Bottrill. Despite the weather, it was a busy weekend with lots of sales and enquiries. As usual, some wonderful new Tasmanian specimens turned up in miner's and fossicker's pockets! Thanks to Andrea and Carl from Burnie for coming down and helping out at the table.