Victoria Gold Mine, Montacute, South Mt Lofty Ranges (Adelaide Hills), Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Australia
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||34° 52' 35'' South , 138° 46' 5'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-34.87639,138.76806|
|Köppen climate type:||Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate|
A gold mine.
Gee, L.C.E. & Brown, H.Y.L., 1908, Record of The Mines of South Australia , 4th ed., states,
"This was probably the first gold mine worked in Australia"
“What is believed to have been the first authentic discovery of gold in Australia, to which public attention was called, and from which actual mining operations resulted, was made in January, 1846 about 10 miles E. from the city of Adelaide; but although the precious metal has been found at many places over large areas, yet as a gold-producer South Australia ranks last of the States of the Commonwealth.”
For reference, H.Y.L. Brown. Was the Government Geologist of the time and is responsible for many publications that are still used today as references for historic mines and mineral locations.
4 valid minerals.
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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635 - 720 Ma
Age: Cryogenian (635 - 720 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Burra Group
Comments: argillaceous detrital sediment; synthesis of multiple published descriptions
Lithology: Argillaceous detrital sediment
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).