Gemfair celebrates 50 years
THERE will be plenty of sparkle at the Bundaberg Civic Centre this weekend as the Bundaberg Gemfair celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In 1965 a group of rock-hounds got together and formed the Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Club, and one member has been there since the start.
Life member Rex Wells said he fell in love with the hobby by accident.
"I only joined because my mother had an interest and they were short on office-bearers," Mr Wells said.
"So I was the original treasurer 50 years ago.
"And it wasn't long before it became a passion for me."
Mr Wells said being in the club gave him the opportunity to spend quality time with his family.
"It was great to get out and about with the whole family - we all ended up falling in love with it," he said.
"We would head out
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The 89-year-old said he had met a variety of people through joining the club.
"You don't have to have knowledge of stones to join. All the help needed is given." Mr Wells said.
Publicity officer Judith Hopwood said that when the group first started, it used a dirt-floored shed.
"They started with very basic saws and equipment, and by working together concreted the floor. Working as a group, they fundraised and had working bees to gain more equipment and eventually built the club rooms at Kendalls Road."
WHEN: Saturday, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, 9am-4pm
WHERE: Bundaberg Civic Centre, Bourbong St