The Albert Chapman Collection -
Remarkable Minerals from the Australian Museum exhibition

On tour at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst from 8 June 2019

What is the Albert Chapman Collection - Remarkable Minerals from the Australian Museum exhibition?

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum (AFMM) will host the Albert Chapman Collection – Remarkable Minerals from the Australian Museum (AM) exhibition, featuring more than 570 outstanding Australian and overseas mineral specimens including stunning smithsonite, rhodonite, pyromorphite, azurite, anglesite, cerussite and spessartine. These minerals make up two-thirds of the incredible collection assembled by the late Albert Chapman during his lifetime and now in the care of the Australian Museum.

“All of the Chapman minerals are world class, and some even considered the finest examples of their type in the world. They are also a unique part of Australia’s heritage representing all periods of our mining history. We’re delighted to be touring them to Bathurst and giving communities in central and western NSW direct access to this incredibly important collection,” Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay said.

“It is also fitting that while in Bathurst, the Chapman Collection will be displayed alongside the Somerville Collection. Not only are these collections respectively the two best mineral collections in Australia, Professor Warren Somerville AM was also a great friend of the late Albert Chapman, often seen together fossicking for minerals. Now more than 60 years later, these minerals are being brought back together and may well inspire the next generation of geologists,” Ms McKay said.

When on display in Bathurst, the Chapman Collection will be alongside the AM’s Somerville Mineral Collection, and combined it will be the largest and most significant exhibition of minerals in Australia – with more than 1400 world-class minerals on show.

During the tour, the Australian Museum will undertake a significant refurbishment to its Sydney site with the entire Chapman Collection expected to return in a new exhibition once works are complete.

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