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Remarkable Minerals from the Australian Museum exhibition.
On tour at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst from 8 June 2019.
Albert Chapman was a mentor and friend to Warren Somerville. The Chapman Collection is renowned for its mineralogical diversity and its high Australian content.
Featuring more than 570 outstanding Australian and overseas mineral specimens including stunning smithsonite, rhodonite, pyromorphite, azurite, anglesite, cerussite and spessartine. These minerals make up two-thirds of the incredible collection assembled by the late Albert Chapman during his lifetime and now in the care of the Australian Museum.
“All of the Chapman minerals are world class, and some even considered the finest examples of their type in the world. They are also a unique part of Australia’s heritage representing all periods of our mining history. We’re delighted to be touring them to Bathurst and giving communities in central and western NSW direct access to this incredibly important collection,” Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay said.
“It is also fitting that while in Bathurst, the Chapman Collection is currently on display at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. Not only are these collections respectively the two best mineral collections in Australia, Professor Warren Somerville AM was also a great friend of the late Albert Chapman, often seen together fossicking for minerals. Now more than 60 years later, these minerals are being brought back together and may well inspire the next generation of geologists,” Ms McKay said.
The museum runs a range of programs, events, floor talks and short tours during the year.
A day full of hands-on science activities and demonstrations during the April School Holidays.
Why not spend an evening locked in the dark of the museum with 3 dinosaurs, armed only with a torch? Take a torchlight tour of the museum during school holidays in the winter months. Held Tuesday and Thursday evenings during school holidays in July.
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