The premier event in the Australian Ladipary and Gem Club calendar, the GEMBOREE®  is a national event that is staged in a different state or territory each year under the auspices of the Australian Federation of Lapidary & Allied Crafts Associations Inc. (AFLACA).

The 2016 GEMBOREE® was held in Ulverstone, Tasmania.

Next year it moves to Lithgow in New South Wales.

This will be the 53rd National Gem & Mineral Show. The first GEMBOREE® was held in Coonabarabran (NSW) in 1965 and Victoria hosted it’s first GEMBOREE® at Beechworth in 1969.

The 2015 GEMBOREE® was held in Horsham, Victoria
(see summary report below).


Lithgow, NSW, Easter 2017

You’re all invited to head to Lithgow next Easter to join in the fun of the 53rd National Gem & Mineral Show – the 2017 GEMBOREE® at Lithgow, NSW.


Photographs © 2015 Michael Pope

A number of other photographs have been withdrawn on legal advice


Official Opening

Finger Pointing

Monkey Business

Field Trip HQ

More Monkey Business

Awards Night

Caravan Park

Trevor Pickering

Awards Night

Crystal Hunting

Kid’s Club

Seasonal Marsupial

George reads riot act

Mooralla Crystal (x10)

There’s one at every GEMBOREE®

Responsible consumption of cheese was encouraged

Trivia Quiz Night

You really have to visit a GEMBOREE® to get the full feeling of what it’s all about, but this selection of photos (courtesy of Michael Pope )may give you something of a feel of the 2015 show.

2015 GEMBOREE® Raffle Prize Winners

1st    SILVER CUFF BRACELET         Ticket #2146                        J Eddington          

2nd    Apple iPad2                                Ticket #6124                        W Bergamin           

3rd    Nephrite/Serpentine Pendant      Ticket #6076                        D Miller                   

4th    Silver Necklace Bracelet & Earrings         Ticket #8118            I Locher                  

5th    Labradorite Specimen                Ticket #6040                          G Neuman              

6th    Art Glass Bowl                            Ticket #11118                        J Schubert              

7th    Malachite Box                             Ticket #1719                          D Gardiner             

8th    Wire Wrapped Cabochon            Ticket #11411                       G Roberts               


All winners have been notified and prizes were either collected at the GEMBOREE® or delivered to prize winners.

The 2015 GEMBOREE®, returned to the Wimmera Events Centre, near Horsham for Easter 2015.

This fantastic venue, 300km north west of Melbourne, made a perfect base for an extended Victorian holiday centered on the GEMBOREE® – for the hundreds of lapidary enthusiasts who gathered to camp on-site and for the many more day visitors who flocked to the event over the Easter long weekend. With visitors from around the country and the USA it was a splendid gathering of like-minded people brimming with enthusiasm and all determined to have a great time. From all reports it appears almost everyone had a positive experience. If you didn’t get the chance to provide a bit of feed-back at the GEMBOREE® I invite you to drop us an email – just click on the blue @ stamp graphic below – and share your thoughts. We’re all volunteers and none of us claim to be experts in major event organisation so your views will be provide useful input into our detailed evaluation of the 2015 GEMBOREE® and will also hopefully assist future GEMBOREE® organisers.

2015 GEMBOREE® Horsham, Victoria

Boys will be boys!