Tips & Safety On Field Trips

  • Take every precaution while on field trips like making sure you have the right gear like gloves,
    boots, drinking water and basic supplies.
  • Fill in your holes after digging and beware of overhanging rocks and ledges that could collapse
    while digging below.
  • Don't go into old mine shafts as most are unstable and air quality can never be guaranteed.  
  • Always wear safety glasses when breaking or chiselling on rocks.
  • Watch out for snakes and spiders because as a rock hound you're more prone to finding these
    critters than others.
  • Always close gates after you and always take your rubbish home with you if there isn't a proper
    place to leave it.
  • Always tell someone where you are before you leave in case something goes wrong!
  • Always have a first aid kit close by.
  • If you haven't been to an area before draw yourself a map or have a map with you so you don't
    get lost. Mobile phones don't work everywhere!
  • Wear a good hat and sunscreen so you don't get sunburnt.

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to ask permission from any private property owner at any location
when searching for gemstones before you enter any such property. You may also be required to
possess a fossicking license as per state laws.

Safety In The Workshop

  • Don't have loose clothing around any moving machine parts and keep guards on equipment at
    all times.
  • Wear safety glasses while grinding and using any pickle or acid compounds.
  • Wear a filter face mask if required.
  • Don't spill water on any electric motors. Electricity and water don't mix.
  • Keep fingers and hands clear of sharp moving parts.
  • Wear rubber gloves if handling any acids or pickling solutions.
  • Use tweezers when handling hot soldered jewelry.
  • Have a first aid kit near by at all times.
Cessnock Gem & Mineral Club
Club Details
Established in 1966

Club Location:-

Hall Park. At the northern end
of Stephen Street, Cessnock.

Further Contact:-

Club Secretary - Lynda Marshall


PO Box 467 Cessnock NSW 2325

Membership Details

Fees for 2015.

Family - $25                        
Single - $15                
Pensioner Family - $16        
Pensioner Single - $10
Junior (12-18yrs) - $10
Junior        (under 12) – Free

***Personal insurance to be mandatory (all juniors included) - $4         
Unless current member at another club where insurance has been paid


The Cessnock Gem and Mineral Club was founded in November 1966, in
Vincent Street Cessnock, by 16 like-minded people, to encourage the hobby
of  collecting rocks, minerals, fossils, and gemstones, and a place for
jewellery making.

The Cessnock Gem and Mineral Club is situated in Hall Park, at the northern
end of Stephen Street, in West Cessnock.

Over the years the Cessnock Gem and Mineral Club has raised money to
purchase equipment for its members’ use. This equipment includes grinding
wheels, saws, cutting and polishing equipment, faceting machines, and silver
smithing equipment.

We have recently completed an extension onto our clubhouse, increasing
the size of our building to comfortably accommodate our increasing club
membership. This extension has allowed us to increase the amount of crafts
available to our members, in a comfortable air conditioned environment.

The club has members skilled in rock cutting and polishing, and opal cutting
and polishing, faceting and silver smithing, beading and enamelling.

Excursions are held throughout the year, as far distant as Lightning Ridge,
and south to Victoria, and include excursions within the local area.

The Cessnock and Hunter Valley area is rich in deposits of coal, fossils and
petrified wood. Agate is also found in some areas. Some of the local fossils
date back as far as 225 million years, which pre-dated the time of the

The Cessnock Gem and Mineral Club hold an annual Rock Auction on the first
Saturday in November each year, where you may be able to purchase some
very interesting specimens – you may even take home a treasure.

Open days are held during Senior’s week in March each year.

Workshop Times:-

Members meet in the club rooms each Saturday from 10am until around 4pm,
and each Thursday from 12pm until around 5pm.

A variety of crafts associated with gemstones, minerals opals and jewellery
are carried out. You can learn the arts of polishing rocks and gems to
enhance what Mother Nature has created. You can learn how to create silver
or gold jewellery and how to facet gemstones, into beautiful wearable pieces.
Beading and other crafts associated are also carried out.

Field Trips:-

Fun fossicking field trips and excursions are undertaken throughout the
year, searching for materials such as: Fossils, Crystals, Sapphires, Gold,
Opals, Gemstones, and Petrified Wood etc.

Club Shows & Events:-
Club Photos
Club Location Map