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British Flag Gold Mine, Laverton, Laverton Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 28° 38' 6'' South , 122° 23' 51'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -28.63508,122.39740
GeoHash:G#: qdzj15phd
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

Tom Potts, Harry Dennis and George McOmish from New South Wales, discovered the deposit in 1895, being the first in the Laverton area. They were heading back to Coolgardie after a four month fruitless search. The prospectors took their initial very rich specimens to Coolgardie. Dr. Charles Lavers had been attracted to Coolgardie by the goldrush, but found he was kept busy attending the sick. Taking an interest in the new discovery he rode a bicycle, dressed in a suit, straw hat and cravat, to the new prospect 450 kilometres away.

Impressed by what he saw, he purchased an interest in the mine. He also got the Craiggiemore and Ida H mines off the ground, became the town's doctor, and was instrumental in getting a hospital for Laverton. The town which grew up next to the mine was initially called British Flag also. The residents in time insisted the town's name be changed to Laverton, in honour of Charles Laver.

The location given is rough to a few hundred metres. It is thought to be one of the shaft groupings between the town and Mary Mac mine to the south.

Potts and Dennis dropped out, but McOmish continued with ownership of the mine, and also ran a hotel in town. The mine was always a case of the occasional incredibly rich patch, followed by long periods of nothing at all.

Initially there was very rich stone in the upper levels. One piece at 210 ounces was displayed in a jeweller's shop window in Melbourne. They had to wait until 1908, when the next rich patch appeared, said at the time to be the richest so far found in the district. Jack Weaver and J. Brophy were operating the mine at the time, the latter also with a hotel in Laverton.

Another seven years passed by, with various prospectors giving the show a go with no result. In 1915, McOmish still owns the mine, but it is being worked by brothers Joseph, John and Gus Westhead, when more rich specimen stone was uncovered. This was from a new shaft at the north end of the lease. The mine was let out to option to a Melbourne syndicate, then a company was floated. They conducted mining for four months under the direction of William Tasker, underground mine manager at nearby Craiggiemore. Nothing was found and they abandoned the mine.

The Westhead brothers resumed mining and within six weeks, uncovered yet another rich patch of specimen stone. The site was swamped by people from town to gawk at the gold laying in piles on the surface. The mine was subsequently explored by prospectors into the 1930's, but no more gold was found.

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Regional Geology

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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]

2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 817101
undivided sedimentary and volcanic rocks 74481

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Description: Undivided sedimentary (non-volcanic) and felsic volcanic rocks

Comments: sedimentary; igneous volcanic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Sedimentary; igneous volcanic

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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Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1900), Laverton, 25/12/1900
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1908), Laverton, 19/05/1908
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1915), Laverton, 20/05/1915
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1915), The British Flag, 04/11/1915
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1915), Laverton British Flag, 20/11/1915

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