Past GSAQ medal recipients - image courtesy GSAQ

2016 Neville Stevens Medal Winner

Mr John Siemon
John Siemon's Citation

John has been an active participant in the Society’s activities since the mid 1970’s, and has held various positions on the Society’s Queensland Division committee, including Hon. Treasurer and Hon Assistant Secretary in the late 1970’s, Chair in 1990 and 1991, and Past-Chair in 1992. He contributed to various Queensland Division Field Conferences as a Committee Member and contributed to the 1977 trip to Lady Elliott Island, Frazer Island, Gayndah and Biggenden chaired by Bob Day.  In 1994 John compiled the Queensland Division contribution to the “Rock Me Hard, Rock Me Soft’ 50 year history of the Geological Society of Australia by B.J. Cooper and D.F. Branagan. He is currently a member of the Division’s Excursions and Publications Working Group.

John Siemon (right) with Joan Esterle (left – Dorothy Hill medal winner).
John was involved in the initial conception, and then realization, of the first public GSAQ APP - Brisbane History in Stone and Brick App, which has led the way for future geoscience apps. Together with co-author Friedrich von Gnielinski, John collected a wealth of information using his contacts in the building industry, countless wanderings within the Brisbane CBD, and visits to various source quarries.  The initial interest in working on a geotourism guide for Brisbane was sparked in 2011, by the production of a joint Geological Survey of Queensland and GSAQ guide book for tours of Brisbane building stones held during the 34th International Geological Congress in 2012.  John was a co-author of the guide, representing the Society. After 2012 John also led Brisbane walking tours for school groups, school teachers and peers through the CBD using the 2012 guide.

More recently, and at very short notice, John was a key organiser and leader of the very successful GSAQ geological and building stones tours of Brisbane, held over two days in March 2016, as a part of the World Science Festival, and again, for the CONASTA conference in July.

John has been particularly active in raising the public awareness of Brisbane geology and the industrial minerals and building stones of the Brisbane region over many years as a Consultant Geologist and as a volunteer for the Queensland Division.