Events, meetings & field trip programs

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

Saturday 20th Aug 2022 10.15am 5.30pm
Sunday 21st Aug 2022 10.15am 4.00pm

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 flyer

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Click below for Exhibitor, Dealer and Delegate info:

Competitors set up and judging on 19th Aug 2022

Registration Package - Full Weekend, all events - pdf

Supplementary Accommodation, Transport tips - pdf

Covid no loner causes any difficulties in coming to Sydney from interstate or overseas

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

Our club has a small annual shell show each October (This year 26th November to separate it from the National Show)  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 2022
(Subject to change or shuffling to suit presenters)


Date           Location Presenter Presenter Topic Theme Shell Topic
22 Jan Ashley's House NA Summer Picnic BBQ at Ashley's. 12.30pm Strange marine thing that looks like a shell but isn't
26 Feb Ryde Eastwood Leagues Ian Mattiske Shells from Balut Island, Philippines Favourite shell from anywhere in the Philippines
26 Mar Ryde Eastwood Leagues Ashely Miskelly Shells from North Bruny Island, Tasmania

MIni talk - recent trip to Philippines,

A shell from your collection that has significance and a story behind it


Something other than shells that you have found on the beach while looking for shells

23 Apr Ryde Eastwood Leagues Joe Schiavello Presentation: Jet Propulsion

Plus optional mini talks
1pm start

Favourite indo-pacific cones
28 May Ryde Eastwood Leagues All Discussion - The changing world of shell Collecting Unusual bivalve, excluding spondylus and pecten
25 June Ryde Eastwood Leagues All Discussion Continued - The changing world of shell Collecting  
23 July Ryde Eastwood Leagues All Final Preparations for the National Shell Show. Possible working bee NA
19-21 Aug Balgowlah RSL NA Australian International Shell Show - 2022  
27 Sep Ryde Eastwood Leagues      
24 Oct Ryde Eastwood Leagues      
22 Nov Ryde Eastwood Leagues NA 42nd Annual Shell Show
10.30am-4pm. Public viewing 12.30pm to 2.30pm
10 Dec Ryde Eastwood Leagues NA Shell club Xmas lunch
Arrive 11-11.30am continue through afternoon, and possibly evening


Next NSW Annual Shell Show 22 Nov 2022
This is our 42ndShow!!!


General public are welcome from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, subject to room capacity and vaccination rules

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 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
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