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Marloo Gold Mine, Wadgingarra Goldfield, Yalgoo Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 28° 34' 45'' South , 116° 53' 11'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -28.57918,116.88654
GeoHash:G#: qdgj7v64j
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate

In the central Messenger's Patch area of the Wadgingarra Gold Field, just east of the Yalgoo-Fields Find Road. It was one of the more substantial mines on the gold field, but its a relative thing, and its initial mining period only lasted a couple of years. GML 548. 12 acre lease.

The controlling interest of the mine was held by Alf Messenger, whom the area is named after. William Roberts is also noted as taking out the lease in March 1908, and both were found working the mine by the Inspector of Mines in June 1910. Gilbert and the White brothers (surnames), described as early Murchison district prospectors are also noted during this time as being part of the ownership. One source states Messenger purchased the lease from J. O'Malley who continued working a neighbouring lease.

In 1908 100 tonnes was at grass awaiting processing, however with the nearest battery was at Boogardie near Mt Magnet. The mines in the area faced difficulties transporting their ore this considerable distance.

The gold was found in a kaolin formation. The Inspector of Mines in 1908 states there is no real walls to the deposit, with 4 feet of rich gold leaders in kaolin. Other sources state the total area, but maybe with lower gold values, was 3 feet wide and 40 feet long. Messenger stated the ore body closely resembled that at the Peak Hill gold mine, north of Meekatharra. He states there were 3 large formations but only one was being worked. Officially, the gold mine yielded a total of 298 ounces from 39 tonnes of ore mined from 1908 to 1910.

During the 1930's gold boom, E. Oliver sunk a new shaft at the mine in 1935. He was pumping water to try and go below the water line at 50 feet. No more is reported.

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Mineral List

2 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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Neoarchean - Mesoarchean
2500 - 3200 Ma

ID: 3187503
Archean intrusive rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)

Comments: Yilgarn Craton

Lithology: Intrusive igneous 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]

2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 843244
felsic intrusives 74292

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Description: Undifferentiated felsic intrusive rocks, including monzogranite, granodiorite, granite, tonalite, quartz monzonite, syenogranite, diorite, monzodiorite, pegmatite. Locally metamorphosed, foliated, gneissic. Local abundant mafic and ultramafic inclusions

Comments: igneous felsic intrusive; igneous intermediate intrusive; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Igneous felsic intrusive; igneous intermediate 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]

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Mount Magnet Miner and Lennonville Leader newspaper (1908), Wardens Court Friday March 13 (before A. Ostlund ESQ Acting Warden), 14/03/1908
Geraldton Guardian newspaper (1908), Messenger's Patch Gold Field, 29/10/1908
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1908), Mining Notes, 30/05/1908
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1908), Mining Notes, 07/09/1908
Mount Magnet Miner and Lennonville Leader newspaper (1908), Mining. Mount Magnet and Yalgoo Districts, 06/06/1908
The Daily News newspaper (Perth) (1935), Mining. More about Yalgoo. Prospects Over a Wide Area, 09/02/1935
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1938), The Golden West. Abandoned Gold Mines No 4 by James Thomson (copied from a Department of Mines Report 1911), 21/07/1938
Mount Magnet Miner and Lennonville Leader newspaper (1908), The Marloo, 24/10/1908
Mount Magnet Miner and Lennonville Leader newspaper (1910), Mining. Mount Magnet. The Murchison Goldfield. Inspector of Mines Annual Report, 04/06/1910

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