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Homeward Bound Gold Mine (Homeward Bound Block; Outward Bound), Marble Bar, East Pilbara Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 21° 10' 26'' South , 119° 45' 16'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -21.17407,119.75463
GeoHash:G#: qsjpt16sj
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

The mine is on the eastern outskirts of Marble Bar, just north of the entrance road. The mine is quite visible on the hill, with prospectors shack and gold mining equipment. The lease was taken by former Tasmanian dairy farmer, Murray Millwood, who from 2001, restored and re-opened the mine, which originally dated from around 1894.

Originally the leases were Homeward Bound and Homeward Bound Block, which were amalgamated by Tom Robb. Later the Block lease adjacent became the Outward Bound, although less information was found on this.

GML 613. Former GML 579. One large reef trending north-south, with an east-west arm, and flat dip.

Tom Robb was first noted at the mine in 1894, and appears a constant until 1920, with regular crushings. At various points other parties are mentioned, either tributers or partners with Robb. Wright 1901, W. Ridgeway 1902 and 1903, Cooper and Hedditch 1909 and 1910, Newport several dates early 1900's, Ayre 1913, Parola 1915, J. Cotton 1917.

From the early 1920's, the Outward Bound name appears, operated by the Snell brothers, E. & M. Snell. In 1936, Rex Moore sold the Homeward Bound to F. Reicke and J. Spiers. Meanwhile the Snell brothers sold the Outward Bound to S. Phelps and J. Hills, and left for Queensland.

The old workings were being drained in 1952, but no more information was found. In 1979, Melbourne based Consolidated Exploration Limited drilled three holes on the reef recovering gold.

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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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Mesoarchean - Paleoarchean
2800 - 3600 Ma

ID: 3189906
Archean intrusive rocks

Age: Archean (2800 - 3600 Ma)

Comments: Pilbara Craton

Lithology: Intrusive igneous 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]

3200 - 3600 Ma

ID: 749808
Homeward Bound Granite

Age: Paleoarchean (3200 - 3600 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Homeward Bound Granite

Description: Alkali-feldspar granite, local older diorite and granite; granitic dykes; intrusive rhyolite and dacite; granodiorite; interlayered granite and amphibolite; metamorphosed

Comments: igneous felsic intrusive; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Igneous felsic intrusive

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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Gibb-Maitland, A. (1908), The Geological Features and Mineral Resources of the Pilbara Goldfield, Geological Survey of Western Australia, State Government of Western Australia, 1908.
ABC Rural (2009), Farmer Restores Gold Mine, 25/08/2009.
The Age newspaper (Melbourne) (1979), Pilbara Gold Strike, 23/11/1979.
The Inquirer and Commercial News newspaper (Perth) (1894), Marble Bar News, 16/02/1894.
Northern Times newspaper (Carnarvon) (1952), Marble Bar News, 17/01/1952.
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1917), Marble Bar News, 13/11/1917.
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1915), Marble Bar News, 27/07/1915.
Northern Times newspaper (Carnarvon) (1936), Marble Bar News, 30/05/1936.
Sunday Times newspaper (Perth) (1925), Marble Bar Crushings, 30/08/1925.
Northern Times newspaper (Carnarvon) (1935), Pilbara Field, 13/02/1935.

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