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Pride of Vosperton Gold Mine (Monkland), Gindalbie Goldfield, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 30° 19' 16'' South , 121° 45' 23'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -30.32133,121.75653
GeoHash:G#: qdwed8hmk
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

Stated as 4 to 6 miles north north-east of the former Gindalbie town site, although the writer could not locate the former lease. It is possible the sources are incorrect, and it is north north-west of the town site, bordering the Donkey Rocks Road, where several minor workings are found at this distance.

Gold was discovered here in 1900 (another source states 1897), initially from a 40 foot long by 6 foot deep costean on a ferruginous quartz reef. The reef strikes north-south, 2 feet wide, and dips slightly east, containing coarse and fine gold.

The original holders, T. Hampton and party, took out some initial rich crushings, then abandoned the lease after a couple of years at the 90 foot level when the water level had been reached. Paynter and Richardson (surnames) then sank the shaft to 115 feet. Their first crushing was poor and the lease was quickly abandoned again.

The Henderson brothers from Charters Towers in Queensland then in 1905 erected a 5 head battery, and sank a new shaft, with financial assistance from the Mines Department. The shaft reached 154 feet, and at the 140 foot level they drove 114 feet north and south. The first parcel was said to be 'satisfactory'.

James Henderson, the son of one of the brothers, became lost in the scrub near the mine in April 1905, sparking a full scale search. He was eventually found 8 miles away at Lake Emu, none the worse.

By 1907, it is assumed the Hendersons had abandoned the lease, as the battery was removed to the Idaho mine on the Golden Mile.

The mine produced 303 tonnes of ore for 579 ounces of gold.

Incorrect Mindat co-ordinates reverted to the Gindalbie battery site until the mine's location is confirmed.

Commodity List

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Mineral List

2 valid minerals.

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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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]

2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 785512
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]

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Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1900), Kanowna, 13/09/1900
The Inquirer and Commercial News newspaper (Perth) (1900), Kanowna Items, 23/02/1900
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1903), Vosperton Mining, 28/07/1903
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1908), Gindalbie Mining, 07/04/1908
Western Argus newspaper (Kalgoorlie) (1918), Cancelled G.M. Lease. Kanowna District, 26/03/1918
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1905), The Vosperton District, 07/12/1905
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1905), Kanowna. Lost in the Bush, 12/04/1905
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1907), Mining Notes, 09/10/1907
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1905), Kanowna Mining, 18/04/1905

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