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Mulgabbie Perseverance Gold Mine, Mulgabbie Goldfield, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 30° South , 122° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~9km
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

October 1903, Robb and party working the Mulgabbie Perseverence mine struck an unknown ore which turned out to be telluride. At that point it was the only example of the ore outside of the Golden Mile (Kalgoorlie). Thirty five leases were taken out. Perseverence took out one and a half tonne of telluride ore, but it did not prove extensive.

Some telluride gold specimens were saved from Perseverence for exhibition in London. The State Government considered purchasing them for a time, then declined. It is a depressing state of affairs so little of Australia's early mineral wealth has been retained. The Mulgabbie Perseverence specimens contained items including solid pieces of gold at 35oz, 12 oz and several at 1-2oz. There were further specimens showing black metallic petzite, and lighter possibly calaverite with large coarse nuggets 'standing up like miniature monuments, and causing the specimens to appear exceedingly handsome by the contrast of colours' according to one awe-struck observer.

Some samples were tested by the Government Geological Survey Laboratories. One specimen contained much pyrite in bands and lenses along the planes of the foliated rock. There was also a narrow irregular vein of carbonate with some quartz cutting across the foliated plane. Free gold was visible in association with petzite, a telluride of gold containing 24% gold and 41% silver, with lighter material, possibly calaverite, but unconfimed

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The Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1907), The Mulgabbie Specimens, 10/12/1907
The Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1905), The Mulgabbie Perseverence, 28/12/1905
The Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1947), Mulgabbie Telluride Sensational in 1903, 04/07/1947
The Kalgoolie Western Argus newspaper (1905), Mulgabbie Mining, 14/02/1905
The Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1904), Mulgabbie Mining, 31/08/1904
Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia (1999):82: 165-168
Simpson, E.S. (1948), Minerals of Western Australia, Vols 1, 2 & 3, State Government of Western Australia, 1948

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