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Gordon Sirdar Gold Mine (General Gordon; Sirdar), Kanowna Goldfield, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 30° 26' 55'' South , 121° 35' 45'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -30.44874,121.59604
GeoHash:G#: qdw6ybzx1
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

The Gordon Sirdar is approximately 20 kilometres north of Kanowna.

Gold is hosted in an intensely deformed mafic-intermediate fragmental sequence. The main mineralisation is found in quartz-carbonate-fuchsite as discontinuous elongate pods, parallel to the main shear foliation. The pods plunge steeply and coalesce at depth into two main ore zones.

The highest grades of gold is found in fuchsite altered fragmental zones, close to the contact of an otherwise barren felsic porphyry intrusion adjoining to the east. Gold is found as free grains and enclosed in pyrite. The mine has a high silver-gold ratio, but gold is not found associated with the silver.

The deposit is part of the regionally significant north-west to south-east trending, steeply dipping, Sirdar Shear Zone, over 500 metres wide in the immediate area.

Historic production from 1899 to 1950 is 42 842 tonnes averaging 11.27 g/t for 16 610 ounces of gold, mainly as underground operations. An open cut was developed between June 1999 to May 2000 yielding 91 243 tonnes at 6.26 g/t for 18 341 ounces.

The mine was originally developed by English based General Gordon Gold Mining Company. After spending vast sums on machinery, high salaries etc, they processed only 40 tonnes of ore before abandoning the property around 1900. Soon after the Williams brothers took over for the next seven years, producing 8000 pounds in gold money wise in early 19th Century figures.

The Sirdar Company then took over around 1909, erecting a mill, and were active for the next three years. A Kalgoorlie syndicate took over in 1917.

After being idle for many years, Frederick Henry Leslie and Ernest Hunter arrived at the mine late 1936. They erected six cyanide vats and began processing the extensive tailings. A Huntington mill was installed in 1939, and they moved into mining the low grade oxide ore remaining. GML 1532X. Information was found to 1940 on their activity, although other sources state the mine was active sporadically to 1981.

FMR Investments (formerly Barminco Pty Ltd) began extending the open pit late 2011, and some underground mining followed.

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2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 765794
felsic volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks 74288

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Description: Quartz-feldspar (meta-) porphyry, porphyritic microgranite; rhyolite, dacite, rhyodacite, andesite; agglomerate, breccia tuff; felsic schist; felsic volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks; dacite and rhyodacite tuff; dacite porphyry;

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

Lithology: Igneous volcanic; igneous felsic 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]

Neoarchean - Mesoarchean
2500 - 3200 Ma

ID: 3187518
Archean volcanic 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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Davis, B.K., Blewett, R.S., Squire, R.J., Champion, D.C., Henson, P.A. (2010), Granite Cored Domes and Gold Mineralisation: architectural and geodynamic controls around the Archaean Scotia-Kanowna Dome Kalgoorlie Terrane Western Australia, Precambrian Research, 11/2010, 183(2), pp316-337, 2010
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1902), Sirdar Lease (Late General Gordon), 21/01/1902
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1909), Opening of the Sirdar Mill, 10/03/1909
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1917), Sirdar G.M., 22/12/1917
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1939), Sirdar Gold Mine, 01/03/1939
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1939), Kalgoorlie Warden's Court. Plaintiff Wins Sirdar Mine Case, 23/03/1939

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