|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||33° 33' 20'' South , 120° 6' 31'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-33.55574,120.10886|
|Köppen climate type:||Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate|
Located approximately 7 kilometres east north-east of Ravensthorpe. Records were found dating back to 1901. The mine was operated originally by miners named Smart and Nicholas. Ore was sent to the Wallaroo smelters in South Australia for smelting. The shaft initially reached a depth of 17 metres, and the lode was 1.8 metres wide.
By 1906 the main shaft was 31 metres deep, number 2 and 3 shafts 20 metres deep, and both of the latter shafts were connected at this level to the main shaft. The lodes in 1 and 2 shafts averaged 1 metre in width. Number 3 shaft was poor in copper but high in gold. Total output at that stage from 1901 was 75 tonnes of ore, and it was considered one of the more profitable mines on the field.
In 1911 the proprietors were noted as Cowell, Kingsmill and still Nicholas. The last report on mining at the location was dated 1913.
The mine occupies a shear, dipping steeply south, mineralisation across a width 0.6-2.4 metres. Most mining was done in disseminated material in the oxidised zone above 18 metres from the surface. A chalcopyrite rich vein, 45 cms thick was found at the 39.6 metre level. Trace nickel and cobalt is reported.
14 valid minerals.
Rock Types Recorded
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2500 - 4000 Ma
|metamorphosed clastic sedimentary rocks 74437|
Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)
Description: Metasandstone, metashale, metasiltstone, metaconglomerate and meta-volcaniclastics, pelitic schists, phyllite, fuchsitic quartzite with clasts quartzite and felsic volcanic rock; quartzite; pelitic and psammitic gneiss
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). 
|Neoarchean - Mesoarchean|
2500 - 3200 Ma
|Archean sedimentary and volcanic rocks|
Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)
Comments: Yilgarn Craton
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.