This collection includes approximately 33000 registered mineral specimens representing the range of minerals found in South Australia. More than 1500 species are represented, providing good coverage of the species and localities from across South Australia. The museum holds significant collections such as the Francis Collection, a comprehensive collection of the minerals of the Precambrian iron formations of the Middleback Ranges, quartz crystals from Mount Lofty Ranges White Rock Quarry, the Hall and Dunstan Collections, including secondary minerals of Broken Hill, and the O’Neill Collection, representing the Olympic Dam copper-gold-uranium deposit. The collection includes specimens from historically significant copper mines in Burra, Moonta and Wallaroo, and from South Australian opal fields. The data includes information about mineral species, varieties, localities from which specimens were collected and information about their acquisition.
The South Australian Museum manages this dataset using the KE EMu collection management system. The full dataset is published on data.sa.gov.au as a .csv file.