The Mt Gravatt Lapidary Society originally started as "The Lithophilic Society - Mt Gravatt Branch" on the 4th February 1964. The Society was started as a social group however founding member Viv Daddow had the idea to form a working club in which members could attend field trips as well as cut & polish the material they found.
In August 1964, it was decided to change the name of the Society to its current name of "Mt Gravatt Lapidary Society" and the first meeting was held of the Society in September 1964.
The success of the Society saw the opening of then first clubrooms in a garage behind ANZ Bank on Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt. The inception of the first clubhouse lead to the Society holding its first Gem Show in July 1964.
March 1966 saw the move of the clubhouse to a premises at the Mt Gravatt Showground's. In April 1966 saw the first meeting of the executive committee and the first draft of the constitution was born.
In mid 1970 the Brisbane City Council decided not to renew the lease and a move was then imminent. A new clubhouse was found and in 1971 the Society moved to the Tarragindi clubhouse. The opening of the Tarragindi clubhouse saw the development of the club motto "Friendliness and fellowship our most precious gems". In 1973 saw the start of the extension of the new clubrooms; by 1975 the Society saw the first silver jewellery class being held.
The early 90's saw the Management committee applying to the Brisbane City Council for land, which would allow the Society to have a permanent home. The backing of Councilor Graham Quirk saw the inception of the purpose built facility in its current location at Mt Gravatt. After much funding raising and the assistance of sponsorship by the Queensland Office of Arts & Cultural Development, the premises opened its doors in 1996. The grand opening of the new premises saw the Society hold it's first ever faceting class.
Since 1996 the Society has seen many changes however it still remains one of Australia's leading lapidary clubs.