Watch this page for up-dates and a summary of our monthly Club activities.
Next meeting - Saturday 28th October. At this general meeting, our guest speaker is Jeff McG. - his topic 'Watch Pathology' is certain to be entertaining. More info later.
September meet - 'Perfect Pivots'.
A pleasing attendance of 36 members. The topic on pivots certainly gave us insights into how to reduce the friction in a clock/watch movement with pivots that were polished, burnished & straight. Thankyou Tony. Show & Tell had a variety of topics - the fashioning of a new click, sundials, a braille watch, how not to attach a spring, an old clock catalogue for parts, a Goliath watch & some interesting clocks at the mart.
August Meet - Members Day.
Today's topic was clock or watch tools. There were 4 categories in which members could bring a tool - most useful, vintage, latest buy or unknown. Thanks to the members who supported this with some interesting items on display.
July Meet - Auction -
The club auction was a huge success. Approx. 90 members were there bidding for an addition to their collection. 600 lots were up for grabs with few passed in. A big thanks to all who turned up to help make this day such a success - those that set up the room on Friday, those that took care of the lots arriving on Saturday & those that were involved in the actual auction. Without these volunteers we could not run such an event.
Some examples of lots on offer.
June Meet - Watch Straps & Batteries -
After over a year we have finally been able to use the newly refurbished site at Rocklea. Our guest speaker was unable to attend so several members were asked to contribute to this session. A big thanks to Jeff, Ian, Tony, Alex & Trev for hosting the meet. The cleaning of a watch strap was demonstrated in an ultrasonic machine & many tips were given on battery replacement & care. Show & Tell was also watch related with talks on a Angelus globe weather clock, a mystery dial watch & a Oris electro-mechanical watch. We had a good turnout of over 30 members which was very pleasing with the new meet day now a Saturday.
May Meet - All about Mainsprings -
Allan R led us through the process of using mainspring winders, calculating the correct mainspring, cleaning & taking care when dealing with these potential lethal items. Ian A explained how to calculate correct watch mainsprings, types & suppliers. A well attended meet with members taking much interest in this topic.
April Meet - Waking up with Westclox.
Trev H was the presenter of this interesting topic & covered topics on Company history, Big & Baby Ben, advertising, the Radium Girls, Australia's production of Westclox & novelty alarms. With over 30 in attendance many members dug out their Westclox alarms for Show & Tell.
Show & Tell was well supported
March Meet - The meeting today focussed on plate inspection & then bushing. There were over 30 members present to enjoy an informative presentation on clock bushing by Allan R, manual bushing of watches by Ian A & pocket watch jewelling by Jeff M. We also welcomed 3 new members to our club.
February Meet - the AGM saw the election of several new Committee members. Our President is Cameron M as Allan R stepped down to take on the Vice President role. Michelle C was elected Treasurer with the retirement of Jeff D. Also Trev H stood down from the Events Coordinator role which will now be shared by Committee members. Two new General Committee members were added - Alex H & Michael C.
Allan H had some really nice clocks & watches ready for sale at the mart.
Jan. 2023 Meet. A most pleasing turnout of over 30 members. Show & Tell was well supported with brief talks on the restoration of a slate clock using Milliput, guilding work of a Sessions clock, the cannon dug up in Rockhampton, an old box of balance staffs/hole jewels & a Scottish clock maker. The Workshop focussed on cleaning techniques for clocks & watches using a tumbler & ultrasonic.
Ansonia cleaned using a tumbler.