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Maori Queen Mine, Ravensthorpe, Ravensthorpe Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 33° 32' 57'' South , 120° 6' 11'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -33.54941,120.10332
GeoHash:G#: qdj3jh88d
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate

There are many small historic mines in the Ravensthorpe district, but most have been lost to time. The Maori Queen Mine is considered the pioneer lease on the field, being the first applied for in the Warden's Court. It is at the northern end of the field, approximately 5 kilometres north north-east of Ravensthorpe at the base of the ranges.

The mine was established sometime in 1900 by Melbourne based Phillips River Gold Mining Company. A ten head battery, small cyanide plant, small headframe, dam, and a shaft sunk eventually to 67 metres went in. In 1902 a very rich chute was encountered at the 14 metre mark, but little ore was found below this. It appears the mine closed around 1905, and from this point on it was worked as small enterprises of individuals or pairs of prospectors.

The mine re-opened in 1907 by propectors Heatherhill and Hughes. The lease, battery and plant was purchased by Paul Cherighan in November 1910 for 115 pounds. The mine closed again in 1913.

In 1933 the battery was removed to Kundip.

Encouraged by high gold prices, the lease was taken up by Norman Bateman and P O'Shea later in 1933. In January 1934, Bateman was killed at the mine in a rockfall.

In 1938, a further two prospectors called Webb and Trapp were working the old mine, and planned to follow shoots south from the shaft. They were also retreating the old mullock pile. A mine inspectors report for that year notes: the Maori Queen Mine is showing very indifferent results, and a small portable compressor is in use. The mine was permanently abandoned shortly after.

Mineral List

5 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated 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 does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 785913
Manyutup Tonalite - dolerite phase

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Manyutup Tonalite

Description: Metamorphosed dolerite

Comments: igneous mafic intrusive; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Igneous mafic intrusive

Reference: 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). [5]

Neoarchean - Mesoarchean
2500 - 3200 Ma

ID: 3187815
Archean sedimentary and volcanic rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)

Comments: Yilgarn Craton

Lithology: Greenstone belt; mafic volcanic rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

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Western Argus newspaper (Kalgoorlie) (1933): Mining Yilgarn District Mr Cornell's Tour (01 Aug 1933)
The Argus newspaper (Melbourne) (1934): Fatality at Mine (23 Jan 1934)
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1910): The Phillips River Field
(19 Nov 1910)
The West Australian newspaper (Perth) (1934): Raventhorpe Activities (22 Apr 1934)
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1907): Ravensthorpe Mining
(19 Feb 1907)
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1938): Phillips River Field (21 Oct 1938)
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1901): Phillips River Goldfield Wardens Report for 1900 (23 Mar 1901)

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