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Elsie Gold Mine (Mount Elsie), Eastern Creek gold area, Ripon Hills District, East Pilbara Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 21° 36' 19'' South , 120° 35' 29'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -21.60548,120.59161
GeoHash:G#: qsjv04u4u
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

Only two people go to the Elsie Gold Mine- those that are lost or mad. So said veteran prospector Jim Gregg, when Minister of Mines, A.H. Panton visited in 1940. We are unsure which of the two Gregg was referring to in relation to the Minister.

The Elsie Gold Mine is roughly 60 kilometres north-east of Nullagine, and 100 kilometres south-east of Marble Bar. It is about as remote as it gets in the region. A bulldozed track by an exploration company goes to the location, which appears to consist of several shallow bulldozed areas. The track goes for miles across hills and creek crossings to the north of the Eastern Creek workings. It is likely diabolical, and is not recommended.

Information is scattered and incomplete. The original prospectors could not be located, but reports of alluvial gold found at the location surface in 1898. The following year fifty men are at the site, searching for alluvial gold. Much was said to be found, at least for several to finance holidays to the Eastern States. Bligh and party as an example arrived at Roebourne with 300 ounces of gold, some slugs of 40, 30 and 18 ounces each.

In 1900, Clarke and party are reported to have crushed 28.5 tonnes. Dr. Leary had purchased a one sixth interest in the mine, as part of a deceased estate sale.

Around 1905 to 1906, John Martin had taken up the old Elsie Reward lease, and installed a wind powered 3 head battery, and small cyanide plant. He was driving on a 7 inch leader, and several small crushings are reported. Martin had produced about 100 tonnes of ore for just over 400 ounces of gold. He appears to have abandoned the mine once the water level was reached, and the Warden reports in 1908 the site is deserted.

Gibb-Maitland in 1908, states the only serious attempt at mining in the area is at the foot of Mount Elsie. GML 86. Formerly Duncan and Sullivan's gold mine, and this may refer to the original prospectors. The outcrop is at the summit of a high ridge, worked to a depth of 80 feet, with 104 feet of driving. The site contained several shafts and a tunnel, on a complex series of reefs. The mill referred to above he states was a Tremaine mill at the base of the hill.

D. Connaughton put through one tonne in 1937 for 16.95 ounces. The following year 10 tonnes for 16.19 ounces is reported from the location. Jim Gregg in 1940, has a small mill at the site capable of crushing 12 tonnes of ore in two hours.

Several minor north-south modern exploration workings can be seen in the immediate area of the Mindat co-ordinates, the historic mine also nearby.

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Mineral List

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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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2500 - 2800 Ma

ID: 3186668
Archean sedimentary and volcanic rocks

Age: Neoarchean (2500 - 2800 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Fortescue Group

Comments: Pilbara Craton

Lithology: Mafic volcanic rocks; shale

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: 873184
Kelly Group

Age: Paleoarchean (3200 - 3600 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Kelly Group

Description: Felsic tuffaceous sandstone, quartz sandstone, siltstone, shale, chert, banded iron formation, schist, tuff, conglomerate, rhyolite, basalt, serpentinised peridotite; local dolerite sills; intrusive porphyry and microgranite; metamorphosed

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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Coolgardie Miner newspaper (1898), Rich Strike Up North, 26/10/1898
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1906), Marble Bar, 07/07/1906
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1900), Mining in the Nor-West, 01/09/1900
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1908), Warden's Report for the Year, 17/03/1908
South West Advertiser newspaper (Bunbury) (1937), Pilbara Goldfield August, 19/11/1937
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1905), Nor-West Mining, 28/02/1905
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1899), Pilbara, 30/09/1899
Coolgardie Miner newspaper (1938), Nullagine District, 08/07/1938
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1899), Nullagine, 01/02/1899
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1899), Mining in the North-West, 20/01/1899
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1906), A Lull in Gold Mining, 20/01/1899
Sunday Times newspaper (Perth) (1940), Minister Found 'Colours', 30/06/1940
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

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