Bennetts Mineral and Fossil Collection
Glass display cabinets house one collection of hand-sized mineral specimens and five more extensive collections are displayed thematically. A small collection, thematic by Australian State. There is also a micro-mount collection of minerals; and a special section on Dookie and Cosgrove minerals. The fossil collection includes many specials: 2190,000,000 Stromatolites; South Australian Archaeocytha, Eocene Horse skull, cast of Archaeopteryx, bones and teeth of Diprotodon among the 2 000 or so fossils, mostly Australian. There are 5000 to 6000 mineral specimens. The mineral collection is organised to represent Dana Classification using at least 90% Australian specimens; with labels including chemical composition. Also the thematic collections include: Indian Zeolites and associated minerals, Australian Zeolites, plus; Gypsum, Quartz, Crystalline and Quartz, Non-crystalline.
5 000 to 6 000 mineral specimens, about 2 000 fossil specimens, collection is still being extended; relevant library of books and journals.