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Bulldog Gold Mine, Laverton, Laverton Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 28° 38' 44'' South , 122° 22' 39'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -28.64575,122.37756
GeoHash:G#: qdzj0c0w7
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

The Bulldog Gold Mine is 3 kilometres south-west of Laverton and just west of the Mary Mac mine. It is marked by a small open pit. Modern production extracted 158 037 tonnes of ore at 2.0 g/t yielding 10 904 ounces.

The early history of the mine was not found. An incomplete list of prospectors over an extended period was located, all with small crushings from the underground workings. This included D. Cahir and party 1915, E. Cooper and F. Lindsay 1921, J.G. Donaldson 1924, Sheridan and Bryant 1931, Wallace and party 1931.

In 1942, the mine is being operated by Gaspar (surname) and Nikola Skroza. The names would indicate they were possibly from Croatia originally. During World War Two, Croatia was in alliance with Nazi Germany, and fascist Italy. The ethnic cleansing of non Croats by the Ustase during the war shocked even senior members of Nazi Germany's S.S., and would give present day terrorist organisations a good run for their money. The Roman Catholic Church actively supported the group.

This led to suspicion Gaspar and Skroza, were not supporting the right team. Constable Anderson was sent to investigate. Lo and behold Anderson discovered explosives at the mine. Even a shotgun and cartridges.

At the subsequent court trial they pleaded guilty of possessing explosives and a firearm. The judge stated he took the matter seriously and it was not a technical matter. Being miners he declared, they should know the regulations affecting possession by aliens of explosives and firearms. Skroza was sentenced to two months imprisonment with hard labour, and Gasper who also owned the shotgun to six months.

It is a small example of the time when foreigners were held with suspicion. It does not take Einstein to realise a mine needs explosives, and it was common practice for the time, for miners to have a gun somewhere nearby to protect the gold. There are some places in the world which could take heed of this little story today.

Commodity List

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Mineral List

1 valid mineral.

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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0 - 2.588 Ma

ID: 930664
colluvium 38491

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Description: Colluvium and/or residual deposits, sheetwash, talus, scree; boulder, gravel, sand; may include minor alluvial or sand plain deposits, local calcrete and reworked laterite

Comments: regolith; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Regolith

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: 3188638
Archean volcanic and intrusive rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)

Comments: Yilgarn Craton

Lithology: Greenstone belt; mafic-ultramafic 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) (1921), Laverton, 26/04/1921
The West Australian newspaper (Perth) (1924), Laverton Goldfield, 19/08/1924
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1931), Laverton District, 18/07/1931
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1931), Laverton District, 04/06/1931
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1915), D. Cahir and party, 23/12/1915
Ravensgate Mineral Industry Consultants (2007), Independent Technical Report on the Laverton Gold Project Western Australia for Crescent Gold Ltd, 11/06/2007

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