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Chapel Hill Diggings (Old Echunga diggings), Echunga goldfield, South Mt Lofty Ranges (Adelaide Hills), Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 4' 60'' South , 138° 46' 0'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -35.0833333333, 138.766666667

The predominent areas of both the Chapel Hill and Jupiter Creek diggings and now set aside as fossicking areas, for futher details contact PIRSA.

The Old Echunga Diggings comprise a number of locations on a 12km x 5km area. The gold was found and recovered from the quartz reefs in the Adelaide Geosyncline sediments (Aldgate Sandstone, Woolshed Flat shale/Burra group) and from alluvial deposits in the Tertiary and Quaternary formations.

Some of the names listed in the Chapel Hill Diggings include;

Chapel Hill diggings; Bells Hill diggings; Bells Hill rush; Dodds run; Hall; Hoskins Lead; Sandys Lead; Yorkeys Lead; Christmas Rush diggings; German Dam Rush diggings; New Rush diggings; Poor Mans Hill Rush diggings; National Gold mine; Poor Mans Hill Rush Gold, Prince Alfred Mine diggings.

Please check these before making a seperate listing.

This list most likely is not complete, please let me know if you find another listing for the area.
Mark Willoughby.

Mineral List

9 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This data will improve over time as more accurate maps and data sets are added.

Cambrian-Ordovician443.8 - 541 MaCambrian-Ordovician intrusive and metamorphic terranes

Intrusive and metamorphic terranes

Mixtures of metamorphic and intrusive or plutonic rocks, tracts known as crystalline, migmatitic terranes, moderately to highly metamorphosed rocks of unknown origin with or without intrusions. This classification is inherently prone to variable interpretation, as other compilers might distinguish some packages by their metamorphic or gneissic protoliths, and the associated age ranges may be more variable.

Cryogenian635 - 720 MaNeoproterozoic sedimentary rocks


Predominantly sedimentary rocks; includes sedimentary rocks of low metamorphic grade and diapiric breccias

Cryogenian635 - 720 MaEmeroo Subgroup

Sedimentary siliciclastic

Quartzite, sandstone, dolomite, conglomerate

sedimentary siliciclastic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

References for regional geology:

Data provided by

Raymond, O.L., Liu, S., Gallagher, R., Zhang, W., Highet, L.M. Surface Geology of Australia 1:1 million scale dataset 2012 edition. Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia).

Raymond, O.L. (editor), Gallagher, R., Highet, L.M. Surface Geology of Australia, 1:2 500 000 scale, 2012 edition [Digital Dataset]. Geoscience Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.

Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d.

The above list contains all mineral locality references listed on This does not claim to be a complete list. If you know of more minerals from this site, please register so you can add to our database. This locality information is for reference purposes only. You should never attempt to visit any sites listed in without first ensuring that you have the permission of the land and/or mineral rights holders for access and that you are aware of all safety precautions necessary.



Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Government Printer, South Australia.

Brown H.Y.L, (1908), Record of Mines of South Australia, Government Printer, South Australia, 4ed.

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