Kalamunda Lapidary club: 50 year milestone for gem of a club


Shire President Andrew Waddell, (right), Anna-Lee and Eric Morey cut the 50th anniversary cake.
Shire President Andrew Waddell, (right), Anna-Lee and Eric Morey cut the 50th anniversary cake.

LAPIDARY, the art of cutting and polishing precious and semi-precious gemstones, has celebrated 50 years in Kalamunda.

The Kalamunda Lapidary Club held an open day at the KLC clubrooms at Kostera Oval last month, which was well attended by the general public, and followed by afternoon tea.

Club president Eric Morey said special guests included Shire President Andrew Waddell and ward councillors Sue Bilich and Tracy Destree.

Mr Morey said Bev McMahon and Christine Wilkinson were presented with life memberships, while past secretary Louise Masser received flowers and a thank you card for her work at the club.

A cake was shared to celebrate the 50-year milestone of the club, which was established in 1966.

The founder was a retired school teacher, Gwen Atherton, who settled in Kalamunda and developed an interest in geology.

This group met and worked in an old house in Schmitt Street at a peppercorn rent of $1 per week and then moved to the old library at Kostera Oval.

The building was later demolished to make way for larger clubrooms to accommodate the growing membership and machinery for working with gemstones.