Green prismatic crystals. Width of specimen 11mm.
A large number of mostly bluish anatase crystals from an alluvial deposit. Width of view 3.5mm. Stack of 75 images.
A single cube of pyrite altering to goethite in a sandstone matrix. Width of view 9mm. Stack of 100 images.
Intense blue thin bladed crystals, including one that has a distinct bend. Width of view 9mm. Stack of 100 images. Ex Margaret Brown Collection.
An unusual specimen. I am unaware of other zeolite specimens from Sunbury, although the basalt quarries do produce calcite and aragonite. This specimen also has what looks like calcite-coated prismatic augite crystals, unlike any other...
One of my favourite Broken Hill smithsonite specimens. Width of view 5mm. Stack of 100 images.
Chlorite “worms” included in colourless datolite crystals. Width of view 9mm. Stack of 120 images.
30110 Pyromorphite, Cerussite, Calcite, Avondale Mine, Mount Lyndhurst station, North Flinders Ranges, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Green hexagonal prisms of pyromorphite with off-white cerussite (orange fluorescence) and white calcite (white fluorescence). Specimen measures 60x50x32mm.
20068 Azurite, Boomerang Mine (Matlock Mine; Mount Maggie Mine), Gunpowder District, City of Mount Isa, Queensland
Group of stacked azurite crystals. Ex George Reimherr Collection. 21mm wide.
ncat MB Axinite-(Fe), Actinolite, Andradite, Tremolite, Dookie Mineralogical Reserve quarry, Dookie, City of Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Lilac group of axinite crystals with green actinolite, orange andradite and white fibrous tremolite. Width of view 9mm. Stack of 180 images. Ex Margaret Brown Collection. Ex Gerry Morvell.
Rings and curved crystals of boulangerite on pink rhodochrosite. Header image width of view is 5mm. Stack of 110 images. Second image is an old one, width of view 2.5mm and stack of 12.
30108 Topaz, Bischoff Extended (West Bischoff; Wheal Bischoff), Waratah, Waratah-Wynyard Municipality, Tasmania
Slightly iron-stained topaz crystals in vugh in a vein. Width 50mm. Closeup photo width of view 5mm. Stack of 60 images.
Collected… Also ended up having minor surgery after this collecting trip. A piece of chisel ended up embedded in my wrist!
5713 Mcguinnessite, Copper, Dolomite, DeGrussa Copper Mine (DeGrussa Gold-Copper Mine; DeGrussa Mine), Doolgunna Station, Peak Hill Goldfield, Meekatharra Shire, Western Australia
Genie of the lamp. Colourless bladed dolomite crystals over pale blue mcguinnessite on native copper. Height of view 11mm. Stack of 160 images.
Single zircon crystal occurs as a xenolith in basalt. Width of view 11mm. Stack of 150 images.
Colourless crystal, main one being 35mm long.
5712 Atacamite, Gypsum, Volborthite, Sweet Nell (Ironstone Lagoon), Ironstone Lagoon, Stuart Shelf, South Australia
Colourless gypsum over dark green to almost black atacamite. Yellowish green volborthite on specimen but not in photos. Ex John and Betty Weir.
20065 Ferrierite-Mg, Burra Burra Copper Mine (Burra Mine; Monster Mine), Burra, North Mt Lofty Ranges, Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia
White sprays on quartz matrix. Width of view 11mm. Stack of 220 images. Ex Vince Peisley.
4910 Torbernite, Pseudomalachite, Mottramite, Libethenite, Monakoff Mine, Cloncurry, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland
Green platy torbernite, bluish green hemispheres of pseudomalachite, tiny green crystals of libethenite and tiny yellow-green crystals of mottramite. Width of view 7.5mm. Stack of 120 images. Ex Barry Schubert Collection.
1277 Barite, Chabazite-Na (Herschelite), Apatite, Siderite, Bickers Quarry (Simpkins Quarry), Tokatoka, Kaipara District, Northland Region, New Zealand
Small cavities containing white bladed barite, colourless pseudo-hexagonal chabazite, colourless prismatic apatite and brown siderite. Width of view 3.75mm. Stack of 80 images.
Featured on the cover of the Australian Journal of Mineralogy Volume 21 Number 1, 2020. If you were to ask my granddaughter Gracie what my favourite colour is, she would tell you blue! And what...
Green transparent sprays of ulrichite with a couple of turquoise balls. Height 7.5mm. Stack of 200 images. Type Locality.
20063 M446 Marshite, Cuprite, Dolomite, Mutooroo Mine, Pine Creek – Mutooroo area, Mingary, Olary Province, South Australia
Pale greenish marshite(!) crystal with dark cuprite crystals and white dolomite. The marshite fluoresces strongly red with Convoy UV torch. There are three other areas of the specimen that also fluoresce bright red, but individual...
Small vugh full of silky white crystal sprays. Width 18.5mm. Stack of 200 images.
Pyrite cube partially altered to goethite. Collected on the dumps 31 July 2020. Crystal width 4mm. Stack of 80 images. Scene of Australia’s worst mining disaster in 1882 when 26 men perished. Water from the...
Greenish yellow platy crystals that react strongly to Convoy longwave ultraviolet light. Width 9.25mm. Stack of 120 images (white light). Stack of 15 images (UV). Ex Margaret Brown Collection.
White pseudocubes with a slight pinkish tinge (altering to erythrite). Width 18.5mm. Stack of 109 images. Ex Diederik Visser.
5694 Bastnäsite-(Ce), Coronadite, Mimetite, Kintore opencut, Broken Hill South Mine, Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Tiny triangular orange bastnäsite-(Ce) crystals on black coronadite. There are three vughs with at least a dozen bastnäsite-(Ce) crystals in each. Mimetite is mostly yellow prismatic crystals with one grey crystal. Width 3mm. Stack of...
Glassy brown bipyramidal crystals of a probable beudantite group mineral, with nearby yellowish-green material probably also the same species. Width 2.25mm. Collected underground. Stack of 90 images.
5692 Fluellite, Wavellite, Fairview Quarry, Robertstown, North Mt Lofty Ranges, Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia
Grey blocky fluellite crystals with tiny white wavellite crystals. Fluoresces under longwave UV. Width 18.5mm (except for cropped UV image). White light: stack of 130 images. UV: stack of 18 images. Ex John Weir. The...
White agate-patterned calcite filling small vesicles in basalt. Width 5.5mm. Stack of 50 images. Collected 16/7/2020.
5690 Zircon, Biotite, Taratimi Bay (Crater Bay), Mayor Island (Tuhua), Bay of Plenty Region, North Island, New Zealand
Sharp and very thin crystals of biotite with white concertina zircon crystal (indicated by red arrow). Width 5.5mm. Stack of 100 images.
5689 Calcite, Chabazite, Mn Oxide, Aranga Quarry (Stone’s Quarry; Hood Road Quarry), Aranga, Kaipara District, Northland Region, North Island, New Zealand
Black manganese oxides on curved white calcite crystals and colourless pseudocubic chabazite crystals. Width 11mm. Stack of 100 images.
Colourless to white bladed crystals of hydromagnesite. There is also an unknown green tabular crystal towards the top left of the specimen, maybe apophyllite (see closeup). Width 18mm. Stack of 180 images. Ex Bernie and...
5687 Cavansite, Waipouaite, Okenite, Chabazite-Ca, Aranga Quarry, Aranga, Kaipara District, Northland Region, North Island, New Zealand
Pale blue tufts of cavansite with green crystal of waipouaite(?) on chabazite pseudocubes. Aranga is the Type Locality for waipouaite. Width 5.5mm. Stack of 110 images. Most crystals of waipouaite are almost black, but many...
Brown-tinged cerussite crystals in argentiferous galena with pyrite and minor sphalerite and siderite. Width 11mm. Stack of 100 images.
0.2g of the Murchison meteorite (9 fragments). This meteorite which fell in 1969 is classed as a CM2 Carbonaceous Chondrite. 38 mineral species have been identified including 3 Type Locality minerals. Largest piece in photo...
5686 Mimetite, Goethite, Cerussite, Kintore opencut, Broken Hill South Mine, Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Yellow butterfly of mimetite with goethite casts after cerussite. Width 5.5mm. Stack of 70 images.
Intense blue linarite crystals. Width 8mm. Stack of 51 images.
5678 Crocoite, Pyromorphite, Platt Prospect, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast municipality, Tasmania
Collected underground in 2004. Specimen width 11mm. Stack of 98 images (Helicon Focus).
Sharp native copper crystals. Specimen height 7mm. Stack of 100 images. Ex Joan Lamond Collection.
Phacolite habit of chabazite. Brown ferroan calcite is fluorescent and phosphorescent. Width 11mm. Stack of 110 images. Ex Joan Lamond Collection. Ex Museum Victoria.
5192 JL1451 Newberyite, Skipton Caves, Mt. Widderin (Anderson’s Hill), Skipton, Corangamite Shire, Victoria
Ex Museum of Victoria. Width 11mm. Stack of 70 images. Some of the smaller crystals are transparent.
Deep red octahedral crystals when strongly lit. Width 11mm. Stack of 116 images. Ex Bernie and Margaret Day Collection.
One of the rarer zeolites. Silky white sprays. Width 11mm. Stack of 140 images.
Light blue crust on matrix. Width 11mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Blocky brown rutile crystals with green-brown prismatic dravite. Height 5.5mm. Stack of 60 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Gold (trying very hard to be an octahedral crystal) in quartz. Width 11mm. Stack of 58 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Sharp platy crystals. Width 7mm, stack of 60 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Very small patches of hackly gold embedded in quartz. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Silvery-white crystalline native bismuth. Width 9mm. Stack of 62 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Collected on the Pinnacles Dumps. Width 4.5mm. Stack of 54 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9026 JP2279 Libethenite, Plimerite, Broken Hill South Mine (BHS Mine; South Mine), Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Lighter green libethenite with almost black bladed plimerite. Natrodufrenite listed on label but I am not able to pick it. There are also other minerals, including possible calcian pyromorphite as white prismatic crystals, hoppered green...
Small amount of gold with iridescent goethite in white quartz.
Bright gold patches with iridescent goethite in white quartz. Width 9mm. Stack of 50 images.
9024 JP2257 Heulandite, Whitianga Road cutting, Whitianga, Coromandel peninsula, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealand
Typical coffin-shaped crystals. Width 9mm. Stack of 70 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
28002 VH34 Fluorite, Calcite, North Mine (North Broken Hill Mine; NBH Mine), Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Group of deep purple fluorite cubes with octahedral faces, with white calcite that fluoresces red. Width 9mm. Stack of 60 images. Ex Val Hannah Collection.
28001 VH230 Stolzite, Pyromorphite, Sphalerite, Anglesite, Kintore opencut, Broken Hill South Mine, Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Greenish-brown short to long prismatic stolzite crystals with brown pyromorphite. Width 9mm. Stack of 100 images. Ex Val Hannah Collection. Pyromorphite is fluorescent pale orange, but also fluorescing are patches of sphalerite in the matrix...
9021 JP2347 Coronadite, Pyromorphite, Kaolinite?, Kintore opencut, Broken Hill South Mine (BHS Mine; South Mine), Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales
Acicular needles of coronadite with a few hexagonal green pyromorphite crystals and white fibrous kaolinite(?). Width 9mm. Stack of 30, 42 and 62 photos. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9020 JP2381 Arsenopyrite, Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite, Colebrook Hill, Rosebery district, West Coast municipality, Tasmania
Sharp crystals of pale brass arsenopyrite and black sphalerite, and a tiny bit of chalcopyrite. Photo width 9mm. Stack of 50 images (arsenopyrite), and 60 images (sphalerite). Ex Jo Price specimen.
A single purple octahedral crystal of fluorite (fluorescent) with golden sprays of goethite on quartz. Width 9mm. Stack of 110 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9017 JP2203 Jarosite, Goethite, Wiperaminga Hill West Quarry (Wipperaminga Hill), Boolcoomatta Reserve (Boolcoomata Station; Boolcoomatta), Olary Province, South Australia
Sharp brown jarosite crystals with rainbow goethite. Width 9mm. Stack of 34 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Although not that uncommon, zircon xenocrysts that have come up as part of the molten material are usually hard to spot. This zircon has only been affected a little. It also exhibits a nice rainbow...
Powellite is uncommon in Australia, particular as distinct crystals. Mindat has only one photo, a powellite with ulrichite and fluorapatite from Lake Boga. This specimen has excellent crystals. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 180 images. Ex...
Pale greenish rounded pseudohexagonal twins of tridymite with goethite(?). Oxidation due to the breakdown of either ilmenite or magnetite. You can see the hexagonal outline of the tridymite here and there.
7231 JL1610 Chrysocolla, Gypsum, Trafalgar Mine (Mount Oscar Mine), Cloncurry, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland
Ex Joan Lamond Collection. Colourless gypsum crystals on green chrysocolla (labelled as pseudomalachite). Acquired by Joan in 1995 from John Toma while on a field trip to Lake Boga. Width 9mm. Stack of 30 images.
9135 JP2645 Molybdofornacite, Wulfenite, Pyromorphite, Whim Creek Copper Mine (Whim Creek Copper prospect; Whim Well Mine), Whim Creek, Roebourne Shire, Western Australia
Sharp green crystals of molybdofornacite on tabular yellow wulfenite with cream zoned hexagonal pyromorphite. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 37 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Stubby orange crystals with unknown powdery yellow material. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 71 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Black spheres of goethite on blue plumbogummite. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 52 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Basketweave siderite with colourless drillbit twin phillipsite-Na crystals. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 38 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9107 JP2756 Kidwellite, Strengite, Iron Monarch open cut, Iron Knob, Middleback Range, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Pale creamy greenish-yellow tufts of kidwellite with glassy lilac strengite crystals. Width 3.25mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9009 JP2205 Natrolite, Chabazite-Na, Ardglen Quarry (State Rail Quarry), Ardglen, Buckland Co., New South Wales
Colourless natrolite needles with a pink base, possibly caused by hematite, on phacolitic chabazite crystals (probably chabazite-Na). Width 9mm. Stack of 110 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9097 JP2308 Laumontite, Pyrite, Stellerite, Graham Quarry, Ascot Hills, Dookie, City of Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Small pyrite cubes with minor octahedral corners, colourless to orange stellerite crystals and white laumontite. Height 4.5mm. Stack of 30 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9008 JP2389 Gold, Galena, Wirrealpa Mine (Flinders Range Silver Lead NL; Donkey Bore Prospect), Wirrealpa homestead area, North Flinders Ranges, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Small flakes of gold on vein quartz and on galena. Also present in one cavity – malachite and cerussite. Possible acanthite on silver in another. Width 9mm. Stack of 40 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9088 JP2652 Aurichalcite, Hydrozincite, Calcite, Narlarla Mine (Barker Gorge), Napier Downs Station, Derby-West Kimberley Shire, Western Australia
Pale blue aurichalcite with white hydrozincite and pink calcite. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 162 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
Many flakes of gold on matrix. Width 6.5mm. Stack of 44 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9072 JP2642 Crocoite, Pyromorphite, Platt Prospect, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast municipality, Tasmania
Green pyromorphite crystals with sharp orange-red crocoite crystals. Width 3.25mm, stack of 102 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9007 JP2350 Aragonite, Calcite, Phillipsite-K, Chabazite-Ca, Trentham Falls, Trentham, Hepburn Shire, Victoria
Tiny crystals of calcite, phillipsite and chabazite on the sides of aragonite needles. Aragonite fluoresces white with a fading greenish afterglow. Photo width 9mm. Stack of 50 images. Ex Jo Price Collection.
9003 JP2390 Erythrite, Cobaltite, Hörnesite, Heterogenite, Roselite, Queen Sally Mine, Kajabbi, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland
Sharp pink erythrite crystals and masses. Cobaltite as cubes mostly replaced by tan hörnesite. Black/purplish heterogenite. Ex Jo Price Collection. Width 4.5mm.
Agate-patterned calcite, commonly called eye agates, are generally found loose on the eastern side of the bay. Video best viewed full screen.
9001 JP2561 Duftite, Cornwallite, Mt Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Victoria-Daly Region, Northern Territory
Labelled pseudomalachite and does look like it. But more likely cornwallite(?) given the occurrence of many arsenate minerals at Mt Bonnie. Ex Jo Price Collection. Width 9mm, stack of 70 images.
Single crystal with neat phantoms. Video best viewed full screen.
Terminated crystals of blue beryl with colourless crystals of sellaite and quartz. Fluorite was picked up by fluorescence under longwave ultraviolet. A yellow-orange fluorescence may be non-crystalline sellaite. In the fluorescent photos, there are also...
White natrolite and red (hematite-stained) gmelinite in a vugh in basalt. Video best viewed full screen.
Many crystals not terminated. The largest terminated crystal has smaller parallel growth crystals. Video best viewed full screen.
30093 Pyromorphite, Malachite, Emerald Pocket, Brown’s Prospect, Rum Jungle, Batchelor, Coomalie Shire, Northern Territory
Collected August 2010 by Dave Rosewall and Paul Melville. Video best viewed full screen.
Predominantly blue and green thin opal seams.
Ex Ron Galbraith Collection, Northern Districts. Video best viewed full screen.
30079 Gmelinite, Calcite, Analcime, Hematite, Little Plains Quarry (Fieldwicks Quarry), Blue Tier district, Break O’Day municipality, Tasmania
A tiny calcite crystal is perched on hematite-coated gmelinite in a vugh of analcime. Collected when it was called Fieldwicks Quarry. Video best viewed full screen.
Blebs of purple stichtite enclosing relict chromite in serpentine. One face polished. Type Locality. Video best viewed full screen.
Mass of arborescent copper. Video best viewed full screen.
Pink rhodochrosite with small white crystals (kutnohorite?). These white crystals are also included in the quartz. Ex Barry Johnson Collection. Video best viewed full screen.
Ex Barry Johnson Collection. Video best viewed full screen.
Yellow fluorescence under longwave (indicating the presence of molybdenum). Bluish-white under shortwave. Video best viewed full screen.
Ex Neil Kinnane Collection. Video best viewed full screen.
30051 Aragonite, Penrice marble quarry, Angaston, Barossa Valley, North Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Australia
Cave-formation white aragonite. Bright white fluorescence with pale blue crystal tips under longwave, pale pink under shortwave.
A rich specimen of apple-green micro crystals of ulrichite.
Blocky malachite crystals on cuprite and quartz.
Grey complex dolomite crystals with a single brownish cerussite crystal from the Kintore open cut, Broken Hill. In addition, there are tufts of an unknown white mineral. Candidates could be sepiolite (not recorded at Broken...
Ex Ambros Kissling Collection
Ex Roger Colling Collection