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Sir Dominick Mine (Sir Dominic Mine; Sir Domonic Mine), Yudnamutana District, Arkaroola Region (Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary; Arkaroola Station), North Flinders Ranges, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Australiai
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Sir Dominick Mine (Sir Dominic Mine; Sir Domonic Mine)Mine
Yudnamutana DistrictDistrict
Arkaroola Region (Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary; Arkaroola Station)Region
North Flinders Ranges- not defined -
Flinders RangesMining Region
South AustraliaState
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30° 9' 21'' South , 139° 20' 47'' East
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Copley: H54-9/Umberatana SH5409
Record of mines - Summary Card No: 277

"Name: Sir Dominick Mine"
"Alternative names: No: 8 Yudnamutana Group"

"Location: On western bank of Daly Creek, 3/4 mile southeast of the Daly Mine."

"History: It was opened up in 1862 by the Northern Minerals Association and from 1866 to 1868 was one of the properties of the Daly-Stanley Mining Company. At a later date it was held by the Tasmanian Copper Company, and subsequently by tributors.
Further exploration was carried out about 1910 and in 1914 the mine was taken over by the Flinders Copper Mining Company, being known as the No: 8 Workings. (Jones 1910, p.24) A small amount of ore was produced in 1918, and work finally ceased in 1920 then the field was abandoned. W.C. 5174 (M.R. 573) of about 40 acres round the mine was taken up on October 9th, 1967 by Kennecott Explorations (Aust.) Pty. Ltd."

Above is an excerpt from the Record of Mines - Mines Summary Card
(Spelling and grammar may differ from present standards)



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Sir Dominick Daly

The Daly Mine, the Sir Dominick Mine, and the nearby Daly Bore were all named after Sir Dominick Daly – the former governor of South Australia (1862 - 1868) - He also served as governor of Prince Edward Island Canada (1854 - 1859. Born on 11 August 1798 at Ardfry, Ireland; Died 19 February 1868, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. His nephew (and namesake) Dominick Daly became a government surveyor for the state of South Australia, with G. G. McLachlan's No. 6 Party with Goyder's Expedition of 1869.

The mine names in brackets would appear to be simply misspelled names and not official names for the mine. It is believed people often while looking for the Sir Dominick Mine, come across the Daly first without realising that there are in fact two mines in close proximity. It is interesting to note that there is quite a marked difference in the matrix and geology of the two mines. This was even noted by H.Y.L. Brown in 'The Record of Mines of South Australia - 1908'. To add to the confusion there is only ¾ mile or 1.2km (1.7km by track) between these mines and the official northern boundary of Sir Dominick is the southern boundary of Daly.

The Sir Dominick mine is reached by following the track past the Daly mine and continuing along the creek another 1.7 km, the last 500 m is cut into the side of the hill and is not recommended due to steep washouts. Heavy rains in January 2011 washed away whole sections of the access track along the creek from the Daly mine onward.

The mine is best known for specimens of malachite pseudomorphs after azurite, with some clusters found up to 10 cm across and single crystals 2-3 cm across. These have formed in a kaolinised matrix, which is often found in various earthy shades, and show no points of attachment. A small arsenate zone has been identified in the uppermost adit, producing specimens of olivenite with malachite, cornwallite, and cornubite.

There are a number of other mines in the vicinity which also contain copper arsenate minerals, so care should be taken with when recording locality information.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


12 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Azurite
Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Reference: Noble R.J., Just J. and Johnson J. E., (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals-1983, Government Printer, Adelaide, South Australia.
Chrysocolla
Formula: Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Reference: Collection of Mark Willoughby
Conichalcite
Formula: CaCu(AsO4)(OH)
Reference: S Sorrell (pers comm)
Cornubite
Formula: Cu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
Reference: S Sorrell (pers comm)
Cornwallite
Formula: Cu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
Reference: S Sorrell (pers comm)
Cuprite
Formula: Cu2O
Reference: Record of mines - Summary card No:277, Copley H54-9/Umberatana SH5409
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: Coates, R.P. & Blissett, A.H., (1971), Regional and Economic Geology of the Mount Painter Province - Bulletin 43, Primary Industries and Resources SA, Adelaide.
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Dallow L., (1983), Fossickers Guide to Gold, Minerals and Gemstones of South Australia, Graphinity Pty. Ltd, Victoria, Australia.
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: Noble R.J., Just J. and Johnson J. E., (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals-1983, Government Printer, Adelaide, South Australia.
Olivenite
Formula: Cu2(AsO4)(OH)
Reference: Peter Keller Collection
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Record of mines - Summary card No:277, Copley H54-9/Umberatana SH5409
Tremolite
Formula: ☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Reference: Noble R.J., Just J. and Johnson J. E., (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals-1983, Government Printer, Adelaide, South Australia.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Cuprite4.AA.10Cu2O
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Azurite5.BA.05Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Conichalcite8.BH.35CaCu(AsO4)(OH)
Cornubite8.BD.30Cu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
Cornwallite8.BD.05Cu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
Olivenite8.BB.30Cu2(AsO4)(OH)
Group 9 - Silicates
Chrysocolla9.ED.20Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Tremolite9.DE.10☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X
Cuprite4.1.1.1Cu2O
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Azurite16a.2.1.1Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 41 - ANHYDROUS PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)5(XO4)2Zq
Cornubite41.4.2.1Cu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
Cornwallite41.4.2.2Cu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Conichalcite41.5.1.2CaCu(AsO4)(OH)
A2(XO4)Zq
Olivenite41.6.6.1Cu2(AsO4)(OH)
Group 66 - INOSILICATES Double-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=2)
Amphiboles - Mg-Fe-Mn-Li subgroup
Tremolite66.1.3a.1☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Group 74 - PHYLLOSILICATES Modulated Layers
Modulated Layers with joined strips
Chrysocolla74.3.2.1Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
H Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
H CornubiteCu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
H ConichalciteCaCu(AsO4)(OH)
H CornwalliteCu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
H OliveniteCu2(AsO4)(OH)
H ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
CCarbon
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
OOxygen
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
O Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
O CornubiteCu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
O ConichalciteCaCu(AsO4)(OH)
O CornwalliteCu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
O OliveniteCu2(AsO4)(OH)
O CupriteCu2O
O QuartzSiO2
O ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O HematiteFe2O3
MgMagnesium
Mg Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
AlAluminium
Al ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
SiSilicon
Si Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Si QuartzSiO2
Si ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
CaCalcium
Ca Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Ca ConichalciteCaCu(AsO4)(OH)
FeIron
Fe HematiteFe2O3
CuCopper
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Cu CornubiteCu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
Cu ConichalciteCaCu(AsO4)(OH)
Cu CornwalliteCu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
Cu OliveniteCu2(AsO4)(OH)
Cu CupriteCu2O
Cu ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
AsArsenic
As CornubiteCu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
As ConichalciteCaCu(AsO4)(OH)
As CornwalliteCu5(AsO4)2(OH)4
As OliveniteCu2(AsO4)(OH)

References

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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A)
Gee, L.C.E. and Brown, H.Y.L. (1908) Record of The Mines of South Australia, 4th ed.. Government Printer, Adelaide, South Australia.
Coates, R.P. and Blissett, A.H. (1971) Regional and Economic Geology of the Mount Painter Province. Bulletin 43, Primary Industries and Resources SA, Adelaide.
The Mineralogical Record (1980) 11: 73-76.
Record of mines (1980) Summary Card No: 277, Copley: H54-9/Umberatana SH5409.
Noble R.J., Just, J., and Johnson J.E. (1983) Catalogue of South Australian Minerals. Government Printer, Adelaide, South Australia.
Dallow L. (1983) Fossickers Guide to Gold, Minerals and Gemstones of South Australia. Graphinity Pty. Ltd, Victoria, Australia.

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