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

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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.


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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.

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