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References: Lead, Zinc and Silver Deposits of Western Australia by K.M. Ferguson, published by the Geological Survey of Western Australia, 1999.
Gold was discovered here in 1915, and mined on a small scale and intermittently until 1988, producing 53 000oz of gold. Between 1988-1997, 500 000oz of gold came from 17 open pits, following the shear zone from north-east to south-west along a 10 kilometre length. The mines are presently operated by Silver Lake Resources.
Gold is mostly found in banded iron formations, and to a lesser extent in the margins of quartz-feldspar porphyry dykes, and in narrow isolated rafts of banded iron formation, within the greenstone belt. The banded iron formations are hosted in felsic volcanics, which have been structurally deformed by shear zones. Gold is associated with quartz-carbonate-pyrite-pyrrhotite stringers in these zones. The mines follow a regional shear zone of the Moyagee Shear, and sub-parallel Lena Shear to the east, and the Tuckabianna Shear.
Named mines from north to south are: White Well, Sherwood, Tuckabianna, Jaffas Folly, Katies, Tuckabianna West, and Little John, as named by the present mining company. However......a prior mining company who owned the lease suggests the following names of White Well, Jules Reward, Coustons, Hamlet, Little John, Friars, and Hillend. It is unclear at present to me if these are historic names refering to the same mines, or nearby prospects.
Gilt Edge/Jasper or Jasper Queen 4 kms north-west, Rapier 8 kms north.
There are a group of mines following from the same shear zone as Tuckabianna, 16 kms south west being Comet North, Comet, Pinnacles, Eclipse, which are all next to each other, and Venus a further 2 kms south-west.
Further north, Silver Lake Resources is exploring the Hollandaire prospect for gold, bismuth, molybdenum, silver and copper. Nearby on the Cullens Resources lease they are exploring for arsenic, lead-cadmium, and cobalt-manganese at Coloniel and Mt Eelya mines.
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