About the Society


The Mineralogical Society of Victoria Incorporated ("MinSoc") was established in March 1976 with the aim of fostering an interest in Mineralogy.

The Society has approximately 70 members with around 20% being country or interstate residents.

General Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every second (even) month. Meetings are in the evenings and currently in the Melbourne CBD at the historic:

Chabazite, Bundoora, Vic (John Haupt photo)

The Royal Society of Victoria's Rooms,
8 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne. 

A light supper is served and Visitors are most welcome to attend.

The meeting format usually consists of a short information and report section followed by a main talk. This talk is presented either by a guest speaker or Society member on a subject of mineralogical or geological interest.

Members are also encouraged to bring along mineral specimens for viewing, particularly specimens collected on recent field excursions. Swaps and sells are encouraged. On occasion a mineral dealer will have minerals available for sale.

Other activities include field excursions with several field trips held each year.  The majority are one day excursions. However, weekend or extended interstate trips are held when possible. 

Special interest groups also meet regularly on weekends to study and discuss mineral specimens in microscopic size ('the Micro Group') and larger specimens ('the MAG Group'). Meetings are relaxed and welcoming in format and suitable for complete beginners to experts.

The Objectives of the Society

(a)  To advance mineralogy both as a science and an art. 

(b)  To disseminate knowledge of minerals, their occurrence and associations.  
(c)  To increase knowledge of related fields of earth science
      (from a mineralogical–centred viewpoint). 
(d)  To keep members abreast of new developments in mineralogy. 
(e)  To encourage an appreciation of the aesthetic value of minerals. 

(f)  To promote the proper care and preservation of mineral specimens. 
(g)  To promote the conservation of the geologically unique and of the environment in general. 
(h)  To provide a means of contact between professionals and amateurs in the various fields 
      of earth sciences. 
(i)  To foster a sense of cooperation and understanding between individuals, organisations with
      similar interests and professional institutions in the field of mineralogy. 
(j)  To provide a forum for debate and discussions on the matters relating to mineralogy. 


Membership of the Society is open to all those who share an interest in minerals, mineralogy or related fields.  Our members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and include earth science professionals, researchers, amateurs and enthusiasts. 
We strive to maintain a balance between technical and non-technical topics and no knowledge of mineralogy is required, just a desire to learn more. 
Come see what we are all about by attending one of the General Meetings or Mineral Appreciation Group ('MAG') meetings.

New members can join the Society by completing the application form attached below.
Fred Kapteina,
Sep 10, 2019, 12:06 AM