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A small sample of Adrian Smith’s collection. Photo supplied.

A little bit of glitter has descended on the Tweed Regional Museum with the donation of over 500 mineral specimens and 300 gems. They were donated to Tweed Shire by members of the Smith family in memory of their father Adrian and will form part of there museums permanent display from Wednesday May 16.

‘The exhibition features prime mineral specimens from Adrian Smith’s extensive collection and features special samples and specimens from the full spectrum of known minerals,’ said museum director Judy Kean.

Speaking on behalf of the Smith family, Adrian’s son Max said that family members, Cynthia Beattie, Denise Evans, Robyn Miani, Ashley Smith and Deb Randall were delighted that the memory of their father, and his passion for minerals, would have a lasting legacy.  

‘Our wish is that our father’s collection has a strong educative value, particularly for children,’ Mr Smith said.

All specimens on display have been professionally photographed and included in a screen interactive which will offer visitors the opportunity to view each specimen in detail.

‘There is a great deal to learn and admire for those who already have a passion for rocks and minerals or those without prior knowledge,’ continued Ms Kean.

‘We’ve approached the display scientifically and will continue to promote its educative value as well as the context it can provide to the Tweed’s own geology.’

For more information visit the Museum website at museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au.

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