Events, meetings & field trip programs


10th Australian International Shell Show - Feb 2014
Competition Results:
No Category First Second Third
1 Shell of the Show Adrian Bishop na na
2 Shell with WOW Factor Adrian Bishop na na
3 Cypraeidae Worldwide Chris Barnes Connor Pentz Robert Ellis
4 Cypraeidae found in Australia Heather Smith Chris Barnes Jack Hannan
5 Umbilia Shane Caulfield Kim Bishop Steve Dean
6 Zoila Drew Strickland Maureen Anderson na
7 Conidae Worldwide Peter Pienaar Robert Ellis Heather Smith
8 Conidae Australia Heather Smith Peter Pienaar na
9 Volutidae Worldwide Ian Mattiske Heather Smith Peter Pienaar
10 Volutidae Australia/NZ Ian Mattiske Peter Pienaar Peter Pienaar
11 Variation of one Volutidae species Ian Mattiske Peter Pienaar Ashley Miskelly
12 Muricidae Worldwide Heather Smith Ashley Miskelly Gail Marshall
13 Strombidae excluding Lambis Jack Hannan na na
14 Lambis Heather Smith Steve Dean na
15 Mitridae & Costellariidae Heather Smith John Oakman na
16 Ranellidae / Bursidae / Personidae WW Steve Dean Steve Dean na
17 Pectindae Worldwide Heather Smith na na
18 Pectinidae Australia/NZ Heather Smith John Oakman na
19 Tellinidae Australian Steve Dean na na
20 Olividae Worldwide Chris Barnes Heather Smith Petah Webb
21 Spondylidae Worldwide Steve Dean na na
22 Harpidae / Austroharpa / Morums Kim Bishop Maureen Anderson Pat Lakeman
23 Marginellidae Worldwide Heather Smith Sally Johnsen na
24 Xenophoridae Steve Dean Heather Smith na
25 Cassidae Maureen Anderson Wayne Rumball Pat Lakeman
26 Bivalves of one family Heather Smith na na
27 Shells from one Country except Australia Jenny Raven Heather Smith na
28 One Locality in Australia or NZ Ian Mattiske Jack Hannan Ashley Miskelly
29 Land Snails Australian Maureen Anderson na na
30 Land Snails Worldwide Maureen Anderson na na
31 Columbariidae Worldwide John Oakman Jenny Raven na
32 Haliotidae, half up, half down Pat Lakeman John Oakman Steve Dean
33 Shells with matching stamps Serena Gall Heather Smith Peter Pienaar
34 Four families, five species of each family Chris Barnes na na
35 Fossil Shells any locations Ashley Miskelly Kornel Kovaks na
36 Fasciolariidae Worldwide Steve Dean Heather Smith na
37 Other Family - Open Heather Smith Sally Johnsen na
38 Other Marine Life Ashley Miskelly Sharon Barrie Heather Smith
39 Educational Exhibit Jack Hannan Ashley Miskelly Sharon Barrie
40 Most exhibits in show Heather Smith na na
3a Cypraeidae WW- Youth Connor Pentz na na
7a Conidae WW - Youth Connor Pentz na na


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 of our next Sydney meeting. 

Unless we are on a collecting trip we usually meet on the 4th Saturday of each month.
We meet at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues-Club
117 Ryedale Road, along side West Ryde Station
We arrive at around 1.30pm to look at shells and then the meeting commences at 2pm followed by presentations. We usually finish 4pm or so.

By the way if you missed the last National Shell Show or want to relive the atmosphere, 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 2014
(Subject to change or shuffling to suit presenters)

Month Presenter Topic
January Steve Dean National Show Preparation
February Steve Dean National final discussions
Talk on Nautilidae and Argonautidae
March Peter Pienaar Amoria Volutes
April No Meeting Public holiday weekend
May Shane Caulfield Diving in WA and PNG
June Steve Dean and others Swains Reef Trip Report
July Steve Dean and others More about Swains Reef Trip and videos
August Ashley Miskelly Sydney Harbour - Changes to marine life over 20 years
September Sharon Gould Reef Field Trip
October All Annual Shell Show
November Peter Cymbiolaca
Annual Club Dinner
December - No meeting

Cake Roster 2014
Members bring a cake (and knife) to monthly meetings for afternoon tea.
Usually the presenter brings the cake. Have you forgotten when you volunteered for?

Month Provider
January All
March Peter
April Ashley
May Shane
June Steve
July Peter & Sharon
August Ashley
September Sharon
October All (with optional hamper)
November TBA
December No Meeting

Club Field Trips 2014


34th Annual October Sydney Shell Show - General public are welcome 
Next Show - 25th October 2014 - 1.30pm to 3pm

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 photo section. They are advertised here once known.

On the day there are also guest speakers, shells for sale and swap, and sometimes visiting shell dealers.
There are also experts who can name your unidentified specimens - FREE.


Thirty Third NSW Annual Shell Show, October 2013 - Results:  






1        Shell of Show                                        Ron Moylan            Peter Pienaar          Ron Moylan

2.             Cypraeidae WW                                    Chris Barnes             -                             -

3.             Cypraeidae Australia (no Zoila)                Chris Barnes           Jack Hannan            -

4.             Umbilia                                                 Shane Caulfield        Ron Moylan              Steve Dean

5.             Zoila                                                     Ron Moylan               -                             -

6.             Conidae WW                                         Peter Pienaar           Ron Moylan             -

7.             Volutidae WW                                       Ron Moylan              -                             -

8.             Volutitdae Aust/NZ                                 Peter  Pienaar          -                             -

9.             Variation of one Volutidae species           Peter  Pienaar          Peter  Pienaar         -

10.          Bursidae                                               Steve Dean               -                            -

11.         Olividae WW                                         Chris Barnes             -                            -

12      Harpidae                                               Ron Moylan               -                            -

13      One Locality                                          Ian Mattiske             Jack Hannan           -

14      Four Families - 5 species in each            Chris Barnes             -                            -

12.          Conchologists of America Award             Jack Hannan              -                             -



Thirty Second NSW Annual Shell Show, October 2012 - Results:  






1.             Shell of Show Best in competitive exhibit Peter Pienaar           -                             -

2.             Shell of Show individually exhibited          Ian Mattiske             -                             -

3.             Conidae                                                Peter Pienaar          Peter Pienaar          Peter Pienaar

4.             Cypraeidae                                            Kornel Kovacs          Kornel Kovacs          -

5.             Cypraidae with lots of dorsum dots          Steve Dean               -                             -

6.             Volutidae                                               Peter Pienaar           Ian Mattiske           Peter Pienaar

7.             Strombidae including Lambis                   Steve Dean              Jack Hannan            -

8.             Self collected molluscs                           Jack Hannan             -                             -

9.             Favourite shells                                      Ian Mattiske             Kim Bishop             Steve Dean

10.          Photos of Gastropod shell, while alive      Jack Hannan             -                            -

11.          Photos of other marine life                      Jack Hannan             -                            -

12.          Conchologists of America Award             Ian Mattiske              -                             -