Gerringong’s fascinating distant past to be revealed

Peter Clarke on a Gerringong rock platform.
Peter Clarke on a Gerringong rock platform.

The fascinating story of Gerringong’s distant past will be told by geologist Peter Clarke at the next meeting of the Gerringong and District Historical Society on Saturday, August 25.

Local resident Peter Clarke studied geology and engineering science at university, and then spent most of his working life in the quarrying industry as a geologist/scientist.

When the time came for retirement, the Kiama area was a natural choice for someone who recognises the link between this area’s geology and the industry in which he worked.

The region is noted as having the oldest identified Australian geological site of historical importance. Not only does it have a geological history extending back more than 250 million years, but also records recent geological processes active today.

Peter plans to talk about the many geological processes that are evident in the area encompassing Gerroa to Kiama and inland to the escarpment, and then will discuss with members how this story can be presented for visitors to the new museum in an interesting and scientifically correct way.

The talk will be held at the RSL Memorial Hall on the corner of Fern and Belinda Streets Gerringong, at 1pm on Saturday, August 25.

Visitors are most welcome to attend at a gold coin entry charge. The talk is followed by afternoon tea, and then a general meeting of the society.