Nelson Rock and Mineral Club
An early field outing of Club members.
The Nelson area is intimately associated with the search for minerals, and it was a group of older prospectors, who had looked for gold during the Depression of the 1930s, who became the catalyst for the formation of the Club.
At the first meeting, in the 1960s, 47 people turned up, though it was not until 1965 that the Club became an incorporated society, and membership stabilised.
One of the Club's early ambitions was to obtain miners' rights for a gold claim in the Wangapeka area. After this failed, the Club began to focus more generally on mineral collecting and lapidary. In more recent years, its scope has widened further, and the Club now has active interest not just in rocks and minerals, but micro-minerals, fossils and geological history and mapping.
For the Club's Fiftieth Anniversary, one of its long-term members, Sheila Hardwick, compiled a history of the club. To obtain a copy, click on the button below.