Goods as rare as dino poo

Wet weather no de­ter­rent as crowds from through­out Queens­land stay longer to browse

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

FOS­SILISED wal­rus teeth and di­nosaur poo had even the most ex­pe­ri­enced gemol­o­gists im­pressed at the Cen­tral Queens­land Gem Show in Monto at the week­end.

Gemol­o­gist Monique New­ton was very ex­cited by the range of goods on dis­play and picked her­self up one of the rare wal­rus teeth.

“I think having all the great dis­plays there got some peo­ple much more in­ter­ested in the lap­idary craft,” Monto Lap­idary Club sec­re­tary and Mrs New­ton’s mother Beren­d­ina Wurth said.

“I had a young man come up to me and say af­ter the floods he could pick up agate from his creek bed by the dozen, and he wanted to learn how he could use it.”

The show had de­mon­stra­tions, traders and ex­hi­bi­tion­ists and the club also put on a din­ner for 50

Beren­d­ina Wurth When it started rain­ing I was wor­ried but I think peo­ple stayed longer be­cause they didn’t want to go back out­side.

guests.

“I’m very happy it went so well. Ini­tially when it started rain­ing I was wor­ried but I think peo­ple stayed longer be­cause they didn’t want to go back out­side,” Mrs Wurth said.

Traders and gem-lovers trav­elled from as far as the Gold Coast, the Sun­shine Coast, Esk, Yep­poon, Rock­hamp­ton, Her­vey Bay, Biloela and Bund­aberg, as well as from other towns in the shire.

Mrs Wurth was happy to have lo­cal mem­ber Ron Dunn take out the over­all prize, but said it was no sur­prise be­cause he won nearly ev­ery year.

The Monto Lap­idary Club also won the show­case work cat­e­gory that all the mem­bers con­trib­uted to, and Mrs Wurth came sec­ond in a jew­ellery sec­tion with a pink stone pen­dant.

Af­ter weeks of or­gan­is­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing the show, Mrs Wurth said she was happy but ex­hausted.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to just tuck­ing my­self away for a few weeks and do­ing some lap­idary,” she said, with a laugh.

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