Log InRegister
Home PageAbout MindatThe Mindat ManualHistory of MindatCopyright StatusWho We AreContact UsAdvertise on Mindat
Donate to MindatCorporate SponsorshipSponsor a PageSponsored PagesMindat AdvertisersAdvertise on Mindat
Learning CenterWhat is a mineral?The most common minerals on earthInformation for EducatorsMindat Articles
Minerals by PropertiesMinerals by ChemistryAdvanced Locality SearchRandom MineralRandom LocalitySearch by minIDLocalities Near MeSearch ArticlesSearch GlossaryMore Search Options
Search For:
Mineral Name:
Locality Name:
The Mindat ManualAdd a New PhotoRate PhotosLocality Edit ReportCoordinate Completion ReportAdd Glossary Item
Mining CompaniesStatisticsThe ElementsUsersBooks & MagazinesMineral MuseumsMineral Shows & EventsThe Mindat DirectoryDevice Settings
Photo SearchPhoto GalleriesNew Photos TodayNew Photos YesterdayMembers' Photo GalleriesPast Photo of the Day Gallery

Quinns gold area, Gabanintha, Meekatharra Shire, Western Australia, Australia

This page is currently not sponsored. Click here to sponsor this page.
Lock Map
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 27° 3' 52'' South , 118° 37' 55'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -27.06449,118.63197
GeoHash:G#: qehq5911v
Locality type:Area
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

Located 54 km south south east of Meekatharra.

Access is via a track leaving westwards from the Meekatharra-Sandstone Road, directly north of Nowathanna Hill. The track heads west then south. There are many tracks in the area. The main workings occupy several acres about 5 kilometres west of the road, along low ridgelines on the northern shores of a large saltpan.

Modern prospectors have turned over much of the area with bulldozers, probably to reach deeper levels for metal detecting. The area contains at least three remnant battery sand heaps, many trenches, costeans and shafts. Some groups of workings extend south-west of the main workings, and there are a number of isolated workings in the general area.

Quinns is an old alluvial field, with only minor quartz gold reefs found. The earliest report found was 1894. In 1897 thirty men are working the alluvial field, but this is exhausted by 1907. A state battery was erected for prospectors at the end of 1910. The field saw renewed prospector interest in the 1930's and the battery was still operating. As the field never attracted large companies, only limited information was found.

The field produced 17 000 ounces of recorded gold, and a further 20 000 ounces of alluvial gold after 1938.

Modern exploration companies have been interested in VMS mineralisation. This occurs along a 25 kilometres strike with mineralisation at two stratigraphic levels. An estimated resource is 1.48 MT @ 1.02% Cu, 10.39% Zn, 0.24 g/t Ag and 3.31 g/t Au.

Gossans are up to 10 metres thick and several hundred metres long in pyritic chert and banded iron formation. Generally low grade pyrite, pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite in a complex fold hinge.

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded from this region.

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

43 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

Note: this is a very new system on mindat.org and data is currently VERY limited. Please bear with us while we work towards adding this information!

Rock list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

Select Rock List Type

Alphabetical List Tree Diagram

Localities in this Region
Show map


This page contains all mineral locality references listed on mindat.org. 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 mindat.org 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.


Sort by Year (asc) | by Year (desc) | by Author (A-Z) | by Author (Z-A)
Ferguson, K.M. (1999) Lead, Zinc and Silver Deposits of Western Australia. Geological Survey of Western Australia, Mineral Resources Bulletin 15.
Silver Swan Group (2011), September 2011 Quarterly Activities Report, 24/10/1911.
Silver Swan Group (2008), ASX Announcement- Exploration of Quinns Polymetallic Target Starts, 26/05/2008).
Hassan, L. Y. (2017). Alteration Associated with the Austin-Quinns VMS Prospects, Northern Yilgarn Craton. Geological Survey of Western Australia, Record 2017/10, 61p.
Western Mail newspaper - Perth (1907), Nannine, 30/03/1907.
The Daily News newspaper - Perth (1910), State Batteries, 20/12/1910.

Mineral and/or Locality  
Mindat.org is an outreach project of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Public Relations by Blytheweigh.
Copyright © mindat.org and the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy 1993-2019, except where stated. Most political location boundaries are © OpenStreetMap contributors. Mindat.org relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters.
Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions - Contact Us Current server date and time: May 21, 2019 20:34:17 Page generated: June 30, 2018 15:24:02
Go to top of page