Shell out $ 2 for mar­vel­lous mol­luscs

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL

VISI­TORS from all over Aus­tralia and New Zealand will de­scend on Townsville this week­end for the 46th an­nual Townsville Shell Club show.

With a huge num­ber of dis­plays and com­pe­ti­tions, club mem­ber Jack Wors­fold said visi­tors will be “shell­shocked and amazed by the won­der­ful col­lec­tion of mol­lus­can life on dis­play”.

Mr Wors­fold, who has eight species of mol­luscs named af­ter him, said his in­ter­est in shells has taken him all over the world.

He has passed on his hobby to grand­daugh­ter Milly Wors­fold, 11, and hopes she can ex­pe­ri­ence the same op­por­tu­ni­ties his pas­sion has brought him.

“Some peo­ple see shells as works of art, pin­na­cles of evo­lu­tion and a sign of God’s cre­ativ­ity,” Mr Wors­fold said.

“Our club has a whole mix­ture of peo­ple, from fairly se­ri­ous sci­en­tific col­lec­tors to am­a­teurs and peo­ple who just like the look of shells.”

Shell lovers from through­out Aus­tralia and NZ have al­ready be­gun ar­riv­ing for the show, which will be held at the Orchid So­ci­ety Hall in Charles St, Kir­wan from 10am to 4pm on Satur­day and 10am to 2pm on Sun­day.

En­try for adults is $ 2; chil­dren get in free and will re­ceive a bag of shells to start their own

col­lec­tion.

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