Events, meetings & field trip programs

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.

Monthly meeting Presentation Program 2019
(Subject to change or shuffling to suit presenters)


Date           Presenter Presenter Topic Theme Shell Topic
19 Jan Des Beechey Microscopic shell, smaller than Syrinx aruanus A shell that is big for species
23 Feb Anders Australian Deep Water Turrids Interesting Turrids WW
23 Mar Any and all Min talks by members Best volute
27 Apr Steve, Ian, Ian, Ron, Stephanie, Des Presentation about recent members trip to Shell Convention in Philippines Freak shell
25 May Varoius Bring along quality shells from Philippines. EG Cymbiola aulica, Pterynotus loebbeckei, Angaria sphaerula, Conus cervus

Review club library

Black(ish Shells)
22 June Ian Mattiske World record size specimens of various volute species on display. Species from Queensland Tall shell for species
27 July 19


Report on Thailand Bangkok Show

Sinistral Shell
24 Aug 19 Anders and Stephanie Navigating on line shell databases for researchers and collectors. Resources and their validity Marine - but not a shell
28 Sep 19 Bruce Jenkins Siphonariidae
(Cute little limpet like shells that can live out of water and breath air if they want)
Mature gastropod but minimum whorls. (ie limpets)
26 Oct 19 NA Annual Shell Show NA
23 Nov 19 Remy & Chris

Ian Mattiske

Collecting trip to northern NSW

Compare with:

A large northern NSW  dived collection from the past
Best Murex
7 Dec 19 Informal meeting for chat start arriving from 10.30am Followed by Xmas Lunch in Ryde Eastwood Club Bistro. Then continue social chat. NA


Next NSW Annual Show

Next NSW Annual Show 26th October 2019 (39th Annual Sydney Shell Show)

General public are welcome from 2pm to 4pm

Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club - Ryedale Room

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, 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:

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
1.00 - 2.00    Label prize certificates
2.00 - 4.00    Public viewing Shell sales.
2.30 - 2.45    Guest Speaker
2.45 - 3.30    Possible second guest speaker
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

Categories TBA:

Results from recent past NSW annual shows:

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