Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society

Calco (Coronation) Copper Mine

One of the field trips on offer at the 2019 Gemboree was to the Calco Copper mine north of Campbell River. In 1955 five tonnes of ore were removed and sent to Tacoma for processing. It yielded 1011 kg of copper and 250g of silver. The mine is on private property and requires permission to access. The trip was led by

On the way back to Courtney we stopped at the viewpoint for the historic Ripple Rock explosion, a short documentary on youtube. It was the biggest manmade explosion of the time and it took them several failed attempts before they could pull it off.

To download full resolution photos click here Calco Copper Mine

To view the pictures as a slideshow, click directly on a picture.

Gemboree 2019

Gemboree 2019 was hosted by the Courteney club. We all camped at the Puntledge River RV Park. There was a pleasantly packed schedule including an evening wire wrapping workshop, BBQ, field trips, pot-luck dinner, auction, tall tales around the campfire and tailgate sale.

Below is a gallery of pictures around the campsite. If you would like to download full-size pictures for yourself, please use this link:

Photo galleries

Our web server space is limited, so only low resolution photos are uploaded here.  If you want to download full-resolution photos, please follow the full-resolution photo link for each event.  If you have photos you would like to add to the albums, please send or share them to and I’ll be happy to add them in. 

To download all the full-resolution photos in the linked gallery at once;

1. click on the “Select photos” button at the top right of the screen
2. click on “Select All” at the top left of the screen
3. click on the “Download” button at the top right of the screen

Around the Campsite

To download full resolution photos click here Around the Campsite

To view the pictures as a slideshow, click directly on a picture.

The benefits of living near a volcano

Marikò Cappello (4th Feb, 2019)

Our February talk, “The benefits of living near a Volcano”, was given by Marikò Cappello of the UVic School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Marikò does research in Earth history and geochronology and has a BSc in Geological Sciences from the University of Bologna. She is currently working on a project that aims to introduce new time constraints on the Ordovician-Silurian boundary.

Marikò has family living near Mt. Etna in Italy. Her presentation included engaging video of what day-to-day life feels like when the sky is continuously dropping ash and volcanic pebbles.

Marikò also brought samples of the different kinds of rock produced by a volcano for hands-on identification. She is an engaging and energetic speaker, and we thank her for her time.

Allana pointed out that our club stone, Dallasite, is a volcanic Breccia, and gave Marikò a piece as a gift.

To see a sample of slides from Marikò’s presentation click below.

Annual General Meeting 2019

At the AGM Brian MacMillan was presented with Dallasite-face wrist watch and Giles LeBrun was presented with a Dallasite-face pocket watch for their years of service to the club.  The watches were made by club member Doug Smith.

Click the pictures below to see them larger as a slideshow.

Also, at the annual general meeting the new committee for 2019 were elected, and our new executive are:

Elected Positions
Allana ShillitoPresident 
Allana Shilito
Past President 
Vanessa Steffens
David JacksonTreasurer
David Jackson
Leni GagnonVice President
Leni Gagnon
Margaret Braithwaite

assisted by Debbie Frank
Sarah HamiltonSecretary
Sarah Hamilton
John AndersonMember at Large
John Anderson

Ivan GagnonMember at Large
Yvan Gagnon
Brian MacmillanMember at Large
Brian McMillan
Debbie FrankMember at Large
Debbie Frank
Appointed Positions
Gary BrookLaphound News Editor 
Gary Brooke
Kathryn HawkinsLibrarian
Kathryn Hawkins
Giles LeBrunField Trips
Giles LeBrun
Nick AktarianMeeting Events
Nick Aktarian
Position VacantProgram Coordinator
Position vacant
arranges guest speaker for Monday meetings
Susannah AndersonSocial Committee
Susannah Anderson
Allana ShillitoShow Chairman 
Allana Shillito
Barb McKenzieSocial Committee
Barb McKenzie
Brian MacmillanWorkshop
Brian McMillan
David JacksonSenior Island Zone Representative 
David Jackson
Doug McLeodWorkshop
Doug McLeod
Sarah HamiltonIntermediate Island Zone Representative 
Sarah Hamilton
Becci SimmonsWebmaster
Becci Simmons
Doug McLeodJunior Island Zone Representative
Doug McLeod

If you need to contact any of the above, please log into the Members Only area for contact information.