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Newsletter - September 2004

Last word
Joyce Pearce aged 94 years died on 24th September 2004. Joyce was an active member of the Section in her younger years. She was Olive Snook's sister and a fond Aunt of the President, Doug Snook and will be sadly missed by family and her shelling friends.

Mrs Noel Gardner suffered a fall recently and broke a bone in her ankle while working as a volunteer at the Auckland Museum. Norm is attending to the domestic scene.
Jack Godden, Warkworth, is out of hospital now, after cardiac surgery and is on the mend.

President's Report
The Auckland flu epidemic cut a swathe through the membership attending Margaret Morley's book launch at the last meeting held at the Auckland Museum, however Margaret reports that 80 people were in attendance and her book sales soared! It was a wonderful evening by all accounts and she will have copies of her book, NZ Seashells, on sale at the Shell Show for $24.95

Thanks to all members who have worked to make our coming Shell Show a success.
How can you personally help with the final arrangements? It was noted at the last Shell Show that we were very short of members at clean up time. Our organising committee would really appreciate some of our younger fitter members being available to help at the end.

New book
Our Patron, Professor John Morton's new book Seashore Ecology of NZ and the Pacific has also been launched. This is a major work that the Conchology Section has helped sponsor. Copies of the book are available now in the bookshops at $89.95 a copy.

Next Meeting: Tuesday 12th, 7:30pm
The October meeting will be held at the Epsom Community Centre.
There are heaps of reasons why you should not miss the next meeting!! +Door Prizes.
Speaker: Dr. Mike Hart. Mike has a splendid collection of Cypraeidae and an extensive knowledge of this family and will be showing coloured slides and specimen shells.
Topic Shell: Cypraeidae. Please bring along exhibits from your own collections.

Library News
Our Librarian, Gladys Goulstone, reports that both of the above new books have been purchased for the Section's library and are available for loan.

Christmas presents
It's time to think about gifts for your nearest and dearest so why not give copies of the two books above to fill those Christmas stockings. How about gifting an annual membership to the Section - only $20, our lovely new membership badge - only $6.50, or one of the Section's famous tee-shirts. All will be available at the Shell show.

The Shell Show - Pakuranga Community Centre - 15-17/October 2004
Not long to go now until our big event of the year, and the Shell Show is shaping up to be a great weekend!
There will be 175 exhibits by collectors from around the country as well as dealers and visitors from overseas.
The Pakuranga Community Centre, Te Tuhi, is located at 13 Reeves Rd. Pakuranga - very close to the shopping centre. Attached is a map to guide you.

The weekend timetable is as follows...

  Friday 15-Oct
       10am - noon Hall preparation
       noon - 6pm Exhibit set up
       6pm - 9pm Judging (closed to exhibitors)
  Saturday 16-Oct
       10am - 5pm Open to the public
       2pm - 5pm Sell/swap tables ($5 per table)
       5pm - 6pm Auction (viewing from 4pm)
       6pm - 7pm Prize-giving
       7:45pm Dinner at Valentines Licensed Buffet Restaurant
  Sunday 17-Oct
       10am - 4pm Open to the public
       4pm - 6pm Exhibit pack up

Exhibitors please note. If Peter Poortman has not yet acknowledged receipt of your entry form then please contact him asap!
Anyone wishing to attend the dinner on Saturday evening should also contact Peter asap because a booking is required.
A duty roster for helpers during the weekend (eg. door stewards) will be passed around at the club meeting on Tuesday 12th. If anyone else is able to donate their time during the weekend then please contact Peter on 09 817 5697 or email

The Editors require articles for the next issue of the Section's Journal, Poirieria.
Contact Jenny and Tony Enderby, PO box 139 Leigh, North Auckland, ph. 09 422 6127, or email:

Our web-site officer is Peter Poortman:

The Section's extensive collection of library books are available for loan and located on shelves at the rear of the Matapuna Gallery, Auckland Museum. Members can request specific books by contacting our Librarian Gladys Goulstone, 38a Church Street, Mangere Bridge, Auckland, ph. 09 634 2823, or email:


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