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 us an email to reconfirm details for our next Sydney meeting.
We usually meet on the 4th Saturday of each
month. (Except December)
We meet at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues-Club
117 Ryedale Road, along side West Ryde Station
We arrive at around 1.00-1.30pm to look at shells and then the meeting
commences at 2pm followed by presentations. We usually finish
4pm or so.
Our club has a small annual show each October. There are competitive displays, educational exhibits and both collector
grade and decorator shells for sale or swap.
Presentation Program 2018
(Subject to change or shuffling to
||Theme Shell Topic
||Named new species. from remote springs in USA
||Most colourful shell
National in Perth
|Shells found out of normal habitat range
||Remmy. Ron, Ashley, Kornel
||Philippines shell Expo
||Shell with great underside. (who cares about
||Interesting QLD Cypraea - subviridus, coucumi,
porteri, oriettae, petilirostris, capricornica, etc
||Pairs of shells - smallest and biggest of same
||Annual Shell Show
||Informal meeting for chat start arriving from 10.30am
||Followed by Xmas Lunch in Ryde Eastwood Club
Bistro. Then continue social chat.
Next NSW Annual Show
Next NSW Annual Show 27th October 2018
(38th Annual Sydney Shell Show)
General public are welcome from 2pm to
Two 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,
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.
This year there will be shells for sale and swap, possibly a shell
There are experts who can name your unidentified specimens
On the day there are sometimes guest speakers, shells for sale and swap, and sometimes visiting shell dealers.
In the afternoon instead of a guest speaker we will review the exhibits
to discuss how to choose quality specimens for displays.
Program for members and guests:
11.00 Set up
11.30 - 12.30 Set up competitive displays, non-competitive displays and
shells for sale
12.30 - 2.00 Judging and Lunch rotations
1.30 - 2.30 Label prize certificates
2.00 - 4.00 Public viewing. Public viewing.
Shell auction and sales. Seminar on selecting shell quality for
4.00 - 5.00 Pack up displays
5.30 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
Results from recent past NSW annual