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Daydream Mine (Meech's Blow), Northern Broken Hill Block, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australiai
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Daydream Mine (Meech's Blow)Mine
Northern Broken Hill Block- not defined -
Yancowinna Co.County
New South WalesState
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31° 48' 52'' South , 141° 21' 4'' East
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Broken Hill18,430 (2015)19.2km


A former Silver mine located 20 kilometres from Broken Hill, 13 kilometres off Silverton Road. Mined from 1882-1983. Now a tourist mine well worth visiting (try the fresh scones!).

Mineralization is a Silverton-type vein mineralisation deposit. Ore is Ag-bearing galena in siderite gangue (most siderite altered to limonite).

Adjacent to the mine and on the same lease was historically a working named 'Little Blow'. Nearby is the Hens and Chickens lode, remnants of the mine can be seen next to the access road to Daydream, just on the other side of the hill before reaching the mine.

Discovered by Joe Meech in December 1881. Exhausted from a days prospecting, he retired to under the shade of a tree and slept. Upon waking he saw in front of him a metalliferous outcrop with bright blue, green and yellow carbonates. He consequently named the mine Daydream.

Meech had been in the company of Allan Sinclair, but each would prospect individually each day. Sinclair argued any finds should be shared equally and a bitter dispute erupted which ended in court.

Mining started in 1882. The Day Dream Silver Mining Company was floated in 1885 and mining continued to around 1889.

The mine and surrounding areas was mapped in 1935-1936 by H.C. Burrell. He described mine as containing streaks and lenses of gossan along the footwall of granite. The gossan was massive hematite limonite to porous boxwork limonite-commonly rhombohedral after siderite, and rarely cubical after galena. According to a later description by Ian Plimer the Daydream mine accesses Thackaringa type mineralisation producing at Daydream exceptionally high grade silver ore from above the water table, and the primary galena ore from beneath the water table also contained silver. The area above the water was rich in secondary minerals such as chlorargyrite, native silver and kaolinite. The primary vein material was composed of siderite (black as the result of intense oxidation),quartz, sulphides, and minor amounts of fluorite. The veins had a border zone of quartz with some showing terminated crystals, pale brassy yellow pyrite cubes, yellow chalcopyrite, and brown sphalerite.

In 1907 John Grose purchased the mine, which was worked by his two sons. The mine remained under the control of the Grose family, but little mining appears to have taken place till 1967. Robert Pittaway (nicknamed Popeye) had married into the Grose family and was a miner at Broken Hill. In 1967 with his son in law Harold Lawn and workmates Alan Whitelaw, Micky Johns and Brian Turley, mining recommenced. In 1983 the family opened the mine for tourism and daily tours are conducted to the underground workings.
Located in the Northern Broken Hill Block.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


29 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Azurite
Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Bayldonite
Formula: PbCu3(AsO4)2(OH)2
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
'Bindheimite'
Formula: Pb2Sb2O6O
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Boleite
Formula: KPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Cerussite
Formula: PbCO3
Reference: Steve Sorrell Collection; The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Chlorargyrite
Formula: AgCl
Reference: Steve Sorrell Collection
Chrysocolla
Formula: Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Corkite
Formula: PbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Steve Sorrell Collection
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: Steve Sorrell Collection
Graphite
Formula: C
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Jarosite
Formula: KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Kintoreite
Formula: PbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Lepidocrocite
Formula: γ-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: Steve Sorrell Collection
Massicot
Formula: PbO
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Opal
Formula: SiO2 · nH2O
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Opal var: Opal-AN
Formula: SiO2 · nH2O
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Phosgenite
Formula: Pb2CO3Cl2
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Pyrolusite
Formula: Mn4+O2
Reference: Steve Sorrell Collection
Pyromorphite
Formula: Pb5(PO4)3Cl
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Silver
Formula: Ag
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.
Smithsonite
Formula: ZnCO3
Reference: Steve Sorrell Collection
Tetrahedrite
Formula: Cu6Cu4(Fe2+,Zn)2Sb4S13
Reference: The Daydream Mine, G.D. Grose, Bungala Press 2002. The reference refers to minerals collected at the mine and identified by John Leach.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Graphite1.CB.05aC
Silver1.AA.05Ag
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Tetrahedrite2.GB.05Cu6Cu4(Fe2+,Zn)2Sb4S13
Group 3 - Halides
Boleite3.DB.15KPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Chlorargyrite3.AA.15AgCl
Fluorite3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
'Bindheimite'4.DH.20Pb2Sb2O6O
Goethite4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Lepidocrocite4.FE.15γ-Fe3+O(OH)
Massicot4.AC.25PbO
Opal4.DA.10SiO2 · nH2O
var: Opal-AN4.DA.10SiO2 · nH2O
Pyrolusite4.DB.05Mn4+O2
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Azurite5.BA.05Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Cerussite5.AB.15PbCO3
Dolomite5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Phosgenite5.BE.20Pb2CO3Cl2
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Smithsonite5.AB.05ZnCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Jarosite7.BC.10KFe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Bayldonite8.BH.45PbCu3(AsO4)2(OH)2
Corkite8.BL.05PbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6
Kintoreite8.BL.10PbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6
Pyromorphite8.BN.05Pb5(PO4)3Cl
Group 9 - Silicates
Chrysocolla9.ED.20Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Silver1.1.1.2Ag
Semi-metals and non-metals
Graphite1.3.6.2C
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
3 <ø < 4
Tetrahedrite3.3.6.1Cu6Cu4(Fe2+,Zn)2Sb4S13
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
AX
Massicot4.2.7.1PbO
AX2
Pyrolusite4.4.1.4Mn4+O2
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Lepidocrocite6.1.2.2γ-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX
Chlorargyrite9.1.4.1AgCl
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 10 - OXYHALIDES AND HYDROXYHALIDES
AmBn(O,OH)pXq
Boleite10.6.6.1KPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Cerussite14.1.3.4PbCO3
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
Smithsonite14.1.1.6ZnCO3
AB(XO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Azurite16a.2.1.1Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Phosgenite16a.3.4.1Pb2CO3Cl2
Group 30 - ANHYDROUS SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Jarosite30.2.5.1KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Group 41 - ANHYDROUS PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Bayldonite41.5.14.1PbCu3(AsO4)2(OH)2
A5(XO4)3Zq
Pyromorphite41.8.4.1Pb5(PO4)3Cl
Group 42 - HYDRATED PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq·xH2O
Kintoreite42.7.3.6PbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6
Group 43 - COMPOUND PHOSPHATES, ETC.
Anhydrous Compound Phosphates, etc·, Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
Corkite43.4.1.2PbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6
Group 44 - ANTIMONATES
A2X2O6(O,OH,F)
'Bindheimite'44.1.1.2Pb2Sb2O6O
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
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with H2O and organics
Opal75.2.1.1SiO2 · nH2O
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
var: Opal-AN-SiO2 · nH2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
H ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
H Opal (var: Opal-AN)SiO2 · nH2O
H Lepidocrociteγ-Fe3+O(OH)
H AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
H BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
H JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
H KintoreitePbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6
H CorkitePbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6
H BayldonitePbCu3(AsO4)2(OH)2
H OpalSiO2 · nH2O
CCarbon
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C SmithsoniteZnCO3
C CerussitePbCO3
C GraphiteC
C AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
C CalciteCaCO3
C PhosgenitePb2CO3Cl2
C SideriteFeCO3
OOxygen
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O PyrolusiteMn4+O2
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O SmithsoniteZnCO3
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O CerussitePbCO3
O ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
O Opal (var: Opal-AN)SiO2 · nH2O
O QuartzSiO2
O BindheimitePb2Sb2O6O
O MassicotPbO
O Lepidocrociteγ-Fe3+O(OH)
O AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
O CalciteCaCO3
O PhosgenitePb2CO3Cl2
O SideriteFeCO3
O BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
O JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
O PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
O KintoreitePbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6
O CorkitePbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6
O BayldonitePbCu3(AsO4)2(OH)2
O OpalSiO2 · nH2O
FFluorine
F FluoriteCaF2
MgMagnesium
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
AlAluminium
Al ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
SiSilicon
Si ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Si Opal (var: Opal-AN)SiO2 · nH2O
Si QuartzSiO2
Si OpalSiO2 · nH2O
PPhosphorus
P PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
P KintoreitePbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6
P CorkitePbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6
SSulfur
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S PyriteFeS2
S TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(Fe2+,Zn)2Sb4S13
S JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
S CorkitePbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6
ClChlorine
Cl ChlorargyriteAgCl
Cl PhosgenitePb2CO3Cl2
Cl BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Cl PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
KPotassium
K BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
K JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
CaCalcium
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca FluoriteCaF2
MnManganese
Mn PyrolusiteMn4+O2
FeIron
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(Fe2+,Zn)2Sb4S13
Fe Lepidocrociteγ-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe SideriteFeCO3
Fe JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Fe KintoreitePbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6
Fe CorkitePbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6
CuCopper
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(Fe2+,Zn)2Sb4S13
Cu ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Cu AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Cu BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Cu BayldonitePbCu3(AsO4)2(OH)2
ZnZinc
Zn SmithsoniteZnCO3
Zn TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(Fe2+,Zn)2Sb4S13
AsArsenic
As BayldonitePbCu3(AsO4)2(OH)2
AgSilver
Ag ChlorargyriteAgCl
Ag SilverAg
Ag BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
SbAntimony
Sb TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(Fe2+,Zn)2Sb4S13
Sb BindheimitePb2Sb2O6O
PbLead
Pb CerussitePbCO3
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb BindheimitePb2Sb2O6O
Pb MassicotPbO
Pb PhosgenitePb2CO3Cl2
Pb BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Pb PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
Pb KintoreitePbFe3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6
Pb CorkitePbFe3(PO4)(SO4)(OH)6
Pb BayldonitePbCu3(AsO4)2(OH)2

References

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Grose, G.D. (2002), The Daydream Mine, Bungala Press.
Stevens B.P.J., Barnes R.G., Raphael N.M., Burton, G.R. (2003) Metallogenic Studies of the Broken Hill and Euriowie Blocks New South Wales. Mineral Deposits of the Northern Broken Hill Block, Geological Survey of N.S.W. Bulletin No. 32(5).

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