Events, meetings & field trip programs

Sydney Shell Collectors 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 1.00pm to look at shells and then the meeting commences at 1.30pm followed by presentations. We usually finish around 4pm. Our regular room unless indicated otherwise below is the Denistone Room upstairs.

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 some other months.


Monthly meeting Presentation Program 2024
(Subject to change or shuffling to suit presenters)


Date           Location Presenter Presenter Topic Shell of the meeting topic
27 Jan Ashley's House NA Summer Picnic BBQ at Ashley's. 12.30pm. Regular members only.  
24 Feb Ryde Eastwood Leagues      
23 Mar Ryde Eastwood Leagues      
27 Apr Ryde Eastwood Leagues      
25 May Ryde Eastwood Leagues      
22June Ryde Eastwood Leagues      
27 July Ryde Eastwood Leagues   Downstairs in the Sports Lounge

AGM, and annual memberships due $60.

Talks ??

24 Aug Ryde Eastwood Leagues      
28 Sep Ryde Eastwood Leagues      
26 Oct Ryde Eastwood Leagues   44th Annual Shell Show

Denniston Room Upstairs
Public entry 12.30-4pm

23 Nov Ryde Eastwood Leagues      
14 Dec Ryde Eastwood Leagues NA Shell club Xmas lunch, in the Downstairs Bistro.
Arrive 11-11.30am continue through afternoon, and possibly evening


Next NSW Annual Shell Show 26 Oct 2024
This will be our 44th Show!!!


General public are welcome from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Location - Ryde Eastwood Leagues

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 plus children, novice and photos as appropriate. 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
10.45 - 12.00  Set up competitive displays, non-competitive displays and shells for sale
12.00 - 1.30    Judging and Lunch rotations

12.30 - 2.30    Public viewing Shell sales.
2.30 -     Optional Guest Speakers
2.30 - 3.30    Pack up displays, 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