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The Keppel Bay Shell Club, a non-profit organization, was formed in 1962. It brought together a group of people with the hobby of shall collecting as the common factor. They wished to further their scientific knowledge of conchology and malacology and exchange shells and relevant information.

Whilst doing this they wished to promote the conservation of all marine life and foster an interest in shells in general. Twenty-five interested people attended the first meeting at Yeppoon. The shell, Volute pulchra, pulchra was chosen as the symbol of the Club.


There were thirty-nine foundation members. The Club met in a room at the Yeppoon State School initially and continued to do so till the new Yeppoon Town Hall was built and meetings were held there from 1967. It was in 1972 that the Club moved into their own ‘club house’ in Whitman Street. Meetings were held there till 2004.

As the Club did not have the finances to keep the club house in good repair, the Club decided to sell the land on which it stood and the club house was put up for removal. It was transported to the Rockhampton Heritage Village where it houses a doll collection. With the money received for the land, and a grant approved for the Capricorn Coast Tourist Organization (CCTO), the Club, in conjunction with the CCTO, built their new club house and Shell World Yeppoon adjacent to the CCTO Centre. The building was opened on 15 May 2006.

The Club held its first Shell Show in 1967 when it hosted the first Australian Shell Collectors’ Convention. It lasted for eight days, was held at the Yeppoon Town Hall, and was officially opened by the then Premier of Queensland, the Hon. Frank Nicklin. Shell Shows have been held annually since then. They were originally held in the Town Hall, but moved to the club house when it was purchased. By 1990 the Shell Show grew too large to the held in the club house, so the Yeppoon Town Hall was hired once again.

The Club edits a magazine called Keppel Bay Tidings which is sent to all financial members and many museums as well as exchanged for material from other like-minded groups throughout the World.

Membership has fluctuated over the years, but at present there are approximately 150 members, both adults and juniors. A Kids Club was formed a few years ago to try to foster an interest in shell collecting in local juniors in the hope that they will remain with the Club in later years. Field trips are arranged when the tides are suitable and the weather calm. These can be just a walk along a suitable beach area or a trip by boat to an island in Keppel Bay.

The Club continues to prosper and over the years has gained world recognition from conchologists and malacologists.

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