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Barney's Hill Gold Mine, Nullagine, East Pilbara Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 21° 52' 37'' South , 120° 6' 11'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -21.87720,120.10317
GeoHash:G#: qsj7t12kn
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate


The first note found was 1891, stating a prospector by the name of McKenzie (surname) had discovered a reef, and was applying for a reward lease. Crushings were not found until early 1896 by D. Richardson.

Later in 1896 a local syndicate called the North West Australian Goldfields Mines took over, constructing a battery some distance away on the Nullagine River. Regular crushings for gold was then found by the company across 1897. The battery initially was only working five hours a day due to a lack of water, although it is later stated this problem had been overcome. It lacked a cyanide plant. Jason Isdell is mine manager. Several tunnels had been driven into the hill.

March 1896, 32 diamonds were recovered from the battery boxes, the largest half a carat. 30 more were found a month later. July 1897, 16 small diamonds were found in the battery boxes, the largest again half a carat. Spiro Achimovich, South African diamond expert arrived later in 1898 for the Lady Forrest syndicate and found several more diamonds at Barney's Hill.

The mine is one of several one to two kilometres north north-west of the Nullagine town site. Information relating to other mines would indicate it was at the southern end of the field, just north of the Grant's Hill Mindat locality. The area is heavily disturbed by bulldozing from the activities of modern exploration and mining companies. Map approximate only.


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
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]

Archean
2500 - 4000 Ma



ID: 840068
Mosquito Creek Formation

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Mosquito Creek Formation

Description: Lower part: interbedded conglomerate, massive coarse-grained sandstone, siltstone and shale: Upper part: thinly bedded sandstone interbedded with siltstone and shale; metamorphosed.

Comments: sedimentary siliciclastic; argillaceous detrital sediment; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Sedimentary siliciclastic; argillaceous detrital sediment

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]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License



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References

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The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1897), Nullagine, 11/06/1897
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1897), Nullagine, 16/07/1897
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1897), Nullagine, 24/09/1897
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1897), Nullagine, 09/04/1897
Coolgardie Miner newspaper (1899), Gold and Diamonds. Mr. Achimovich Interviewed, 03/02/1899
The Inquirer and Commercial News newspaper (Perth) (1896), The North-West Fields, 20/03/1896
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1896), Nullagine, 26/10/1896
The West Australian newspaper (Perth) (1896), Nullagine, 22/05/1896

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