Bedding and minor faulting in Camp Hill Sandstone, State Circle, Canberra - image courtesy Douglas Finlayson

Australian Capital Territory

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Talks & Events
Monthly Division Meetings

Venue: Jaeger Lecture Theatre, Jaeger Building (Building 61), Mills Road, Australian National University
Time: 5pm for 5.30pm start

New members are always welcome!
Come along to a monthly meeting or contact a committee member if you would like to be more involved with the ACT Division committee. 

Next event

Previous Division Meetings and Activities
14 July 2019 - ACT Division Walking tour of the National Rock Garden and Midwinter Brunch
Details: Join the ACT Division committee and other members for a walking tour of the National Rock Garden (NRG), followed by a Midwinter Brunch at the National Arboretum’s Sprout café. Members of the NRG Steering Committee will present some interesting facts on the Federation (and other) rocks on display. 

4 May 2019 - National Rock Garden 'Space rocks reveal Earth!' at the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival
Details: The National Rock Garden will be participating in three events during the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. Come and see meteorites, tektites, volcanic bombs & other exciting rocks that reveal the internal structure of our earth and the links to other parts of the solar system.
Location: Namadgi Visitors Centre, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, Naas Road, Tharwa

 16 April - ACT Division Annual General Meeting
Speaker: Michael Anenburg (ANU)
Topic: Nolans Bore – a very unusual type of REE apatite ore deposit in the Northern Territory

11 December 2018 - ACT Division Christmas BBQ
Location: Lennox Gardens, Flynn Dr, Yarralumla, ACT 

25 November 2018 - National Rock Garden - Welcome for the Adelong Norite
Details: Come and celebrate the unveiling of the new 11 tonne Norite specimen donated by community members from Adelong, NSW. This amazing dark coloured intrusive igneous rock has been sculpted by artist Andreas Buisman and is a welcome addition to the National Rock Garden.

27 November 2018 - ACT Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Alix Post (Geoscience Australia)
Topic: The Antarctic seafloor: Shelf to slope processes, habitats and life

11 August 2018 - ACT Division at ACTion
DetailsCome and experience real life Science in ACTion! This interactive science fair is a free event for science enthusiasts of all ages. Over 50 stallholders from local STEM organisations will be there to engage you with hands on activities that showcase how science is used every day in their work.
Archaeology and antiquity, Human body and movement, Energy and transport, Environment and nature, Health and medical, Space and astronomy, Innovation and technology

17 July 2018
Speaker: Marita Bradshaw 
Topic: The seven rocks that made Australia

19 June 2018
Speaker: Tony Eggleton (Australian National University) 
Topic: Granite landscapes inform the Kosciusko Uplift

15 May 2018
Speaker: Dr Katherine Grant (Australian National University)
Topic: Reconstructing ‘Green Sahara Periods’ over the last 3 million years

22 April 2018 - Woolshed Creek Fossil Site Tour

17 April 2018
Speaker: Mr James Goodwin (Geoscience Australia)
Estimating Cover Thickness in the Southern Thomson Orogen – A Comparison of Applied Geophysics Estimates with Borehole Results

20 March 2018
Speakers: Tutu Baeza, Claire Orlov and TBA 
Topic: Student Careers pizza lunch with a speaker each from Industry, government and academia

18 March 2018 - ACT Division Field Trip of Gossan Hill 

20 February 2018
Speaker: Mike Rickard 
Topic: A history of structural geology and tectonics

ACT Geological Guidebook and Map
The 1:100,000 scale "Geology of the Australian Capital Territory" geological map and ACT geological guidebook

"A Geological Guide to Canberra region and Namagi National Park" are now available.
Please click on the link below to download an order form or contact ACT Division Secretary for more information.

Download order form
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Republished: 'Images in Stone – A guide to the building stones of Parliament House'
The publication provides details on every aspect of the stonework in all parts of the Parliament House building,
including areas not open to the public. Please click on the link below to download an order form
or contact ACT Division Secretary, details below.

Student Prizes

Ken Campbell First Year Prize (for ANU students)
Presented annually to the student with the best results in ANU First Year subjects 'ENVS1004 - Australia's Environment and 'EMSC1006 - The Blue Planet' (or equivalent) and who intends to proceed further in courses offered by the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences.

David Blake Second Year Earth Sciences Prize (for University of Canberra students)
Awarded to the highest achieving second year student with a GPA of 5 or more for the first year Earth System Science and Earth Surface Processes and second year Australian Regolith, Landscape and Soils, and Geographic Information Systems subjects.

Mike Rickard Third Year Prize (for ANU students)
Presented annually to the student who was enrolled in a program leading to a degree of Bachelor in the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences; who has completed three or more of the following EMSC3000 series courses:
EMSC3001; EMSC3002; EMSC3007; EMSC3019; EMSC3022; EMSC3023; EMSC3024; EMSC3025; EMSC3027; EMSC3028; and achieved the best result as shown by the award of the highest average mark in the three EMSC3000 series courses in which the student obtained the best results.

Student prizes are awarded annually. The winner receives a cash sum and one-year GSA membership. For information about the prizes, contact the ACT Division Secretary.


Chair: Chris Lewis

Vice Chair: Michelle Cooper

Secretary: Cathy Brown

Treasurer: Doug Finlayson

The Capital Geologist (Newsletter) Editor:
Michelle Cooper

Divisional Committee Members
Marie Aude Bonnardot

Brad Opdyke

John Rogers

Geological Heritage Sub-Committee

Doug Finlayson – convenor
Cathy Brown
Ken McQueen
Mike Rickard
Matt Townsend
Monica Yeung

ACT Stratigraphy Subcommission
Albert Brakel – Convenor
Virginia Passmore
Cathy Brown