BRISBANE SHELL CLUB
This branch was formed in 1968 to service the Brisbane region with members coming from the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Northern New South Wales areas also.
With hundreds of kilometres of coast line and with the reefs and dive sites of the Moreton Bay Islands being so handy to the Brisbane Metropolitan area, shell collecting was bound to become a popular hobby and passtime. Proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the Pacific Islands and New Guinea also meant easy access to tropical species. The extensive fishing fleets located along the coast line also induced a lot of people to start collecting in the early days with boat owners being some of the original collectors with an extensive species list having been trawled off the East coast.
Our club has a meeting the last Tuesday of every month at South Brisbane near the city centre where members discuss their recent finds, overseas trips, recent dives, new reference books, new species etc. Each meeting has a different shell family to discuss with members bringing relevant species to view. Shells are usually for sale at the meetings also.
We regularly have social gatherings at members houses to view collections and discuss - SHELLS!! and the club publishes a monthly news letter, "The Radula". A boat trip once a year to the Barrier Reef Islands and outer reefs is a hotly contested trip to be on with some beaut species being collected by the divers, reef walkers and dredges.
If you are a novice or an established collector feel free to come along and join in - you may teach us something to do with this amazing passtime or you may learn a lot. An enjoyable night is had by all with shell knowledge gained and new shells for your collection as well if you are so inclined.
New members are especially welcome.
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