Events, meetings & field trip programs

Australian International Shell Show - No show in 2021:

Australian International Shell Show - 2022 - In Sydney
Draft Information for the Public:

Dates may be finalised in November 2021
(subject to Covid-19 travel for dealers and attendees):

Earliest date we are considering:
Saturday 26th Feb 2022 10.15am 5.30pm
Sunday 27th Feb 2022 10.15am 4.00pm

However July 2022 may allow more international attendees and provide more confidence that there will not be unexpected lockdowns.

At Balgowlah RSL Memorial Club, Seaforth, $5 per person, children under 12y free, or only $15 Family 
FREE Sea Shell for each child.
Includes viewing the shell competition with thousands of exotic shells, plus shells & books to buy for your collection or mantelpiece, shell identification, book auction, & more! 
Download PDF flyers - available late 2021


Information for Exhibitors, Dealers and Delegates - available late 2021:

Competitors set up and judging on TBA
Registration Package - Full Weekend, all events - pdf - available late 2021
Supplementary Accommodation, Transport and Collecting information - available ALTE 2021
Full Competition Rules
Full Instructions to Judges
NEW delegate questions since info packs prepared - FAQ

Shell Club Meets Monthly

Come along to one of our monthly meetings, talk to local collectors, look at rare shells, buy swap or sell shells.

Send an email to details of time/location for our next Sydney meeting. 

We usually meet on the 4th Saturday of each month. (Except December)

We arrive at around 12.30 - 1pm to look at shells and then the meeting commences at 1.30pm followed by presentations. We usually finish around 3.30 or 4.00

Our club has a small annual shell show each October There are competitive displays, educational exhibits and both collector grade and decorator shells for sale.

We have mini-shows in some other months.


Monthly meeting Presentation Program 2021
(Subject to change or shuffling to suit presenters)


Date           Location Presenter Presenter Topic Theme Shell Topic
23 Jan Ashley's Museum   Visit to Ashleys shell museum and BBQ. BYO everything. 10.30am onwards. 1.30pm Meeting NA
20 Feb Ashley's Museum Phil Colman Early history of the Royal Zoological Society, our shell club as a branch, then when we created the MSA and set ourselves up as a branch of it instead. BYO everything. 11.30am onwards. 1.30pm Meeting Shells made into something else
27 Mar Bayview Scout Hall Ian Mattiske and Ashley Miskelly Show and Tell Shell Show
Presentation: Turning shell shows upside down.
Arrive from 12.30 for 2pm start
A shell that helped inspire you to start your collection
24 Apr Bayview Scout Hall Ron Moylan Zoila rosselli variations.

(Bring your rosselli to be identified)

Arrive from 12.30 for 1.30pm start
(Note - Anzac long weekend is 24-26 Apr)

Favourite Cone
22 May Bayview Scout Hall Phil Colman Early history of Australian quarantine as it relates to shells. . Arrive from 12.30 for 1.30pm start Shell purchase accidents and disasters
26 June Bayview Scout Hall NA Display of Historical Scuba equipment. Shell displays. Special shell birthday cakes NA
24 July
Bayview Scout Hall NA Flexible Categories Shell Show
Presentation: AGM and Mini-Talks
Arrive from 12.00 for 2pm start.
Continuation of - something else we also collect (IE other than shells)
4 Sep Ryde Eastwood Joe Schiavello Presentation: Jet Propulsion

Plus optional mini talks
11 am start gone by 3.30pm

3 favourite bivalves (Not spondylus or pectens)
25 Sep Bayview Scout Hall ?? Arrive from 12.30 for 1.30pm start Found in NSW
30 Oct Ryde Eastwood NA 41st Annual Shell Show

Public viewing 12.30pm to 2.30pm

20 Nov Ryde Eastwood ?? 11 am start gone by 3.30pm Blue Shells
18 Dec Ryde Eastwood Leagues NA Shell club xmas lunch
Arrive 11-11.30am continue through afternoon
22 Jan Ashley's House NA Summer Picnic BBQ at Ashley's. 12.30pm Possible visit to another collection earlier in the day. Strange marine thing that looks like a shell but isn't
26 Feb Ryde Eastwood Leagues ?? ?? ??


Next NSW Annual Shell Show 30 Oct 2021
This is our 41st Show!!!


General public are welcome from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Location - Most likely Bayview Scout Hall

A few months before the show members vote to decide what families of shell will be exhibited and judged.
There are usually around twelve categories selected plus children's, novice and photos as appropriate. Categories,  number of specimens, range are advertised here once decided. Also for each category, number of specimens, range, and other judging criteria are indicated.

There is usually shells for sale and swap.

There are experts who can name your unidentified specimens

Program for members, guests and visitors - to be confirmed:

10.30           Set up tables
11.00 - 12.00  Set up competitive displays, non-competitive displays and shells for sale
12.00 - 1.30    Judging and Lunch rotations

1.30 - 3.30    Public viewing Shell sales.
2.30 -     Optional Guest Speakers

3.30 - 4.15    Pack up displays
4.15 - 4.30    Final clean up and vacate. Some members stay for dinner

For most categories the judging criteria are -
60% Quality and perfection of specimens (NOT rarity).
20% Variety of genus, locality and size as appropriate
10% Quality of visual display and aesthetic appeal (but not the display box or lid)
10% Number in display, correct name and author, other labelling detail

Categories TBA:

Results from recent past NSW annual shows: Click Here

Past year programs: Click Here