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

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 21° 52' 41'' South , 120° 5' 59'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -21.87826,120.09980
GeoHash:G#: qsj7scnjb
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

Named after Nathanial (Nat) Cooke, being the first to discover alluvial gold here at Nullagine in 1886.

The location is one to two kilometres north north-west of the Nullagine town site. Many mines opened in this small area, initially alluvial surface workings, then prospector shows, until companies became involved in 1896 until about 1906, by which time the field was largely moribund.

Modern exploration and mining, has seen the area become a confusing array of roads and bulldozed areas, making the location of many old workings virtually impossible. The old workings were said to be east of Beaton's Hill. It is a jumble of hills, some named as Beaton's, Grant's, Dean, Cooke etc, and representing mines and gold areas.

Nat Cooke partnered with J.C. Greene after the gold discovery to work their reward claim. Green also at the time owned the Nor-West Mercantile Store at Roebourne. Both went on to be pioneers on several Pilbara goldfields, and Cooke the local pastoral industry as well.

The North West Australian Goldfields Limited had taken the lease, along with several others in the area, late 1896. The following year it is stated they had discovered good gold values at Cooke's Hill. The mine produced 348 tonnes of ore at 40 ounce to the tonne, and several small diamonds were also found in the battery boxes. When inspected in 1908, it was said the site had been abandoned for many years. 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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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]

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]

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National Advocate (Bathurst) (1914), A Nullagine Episode, 26/11/1914
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1904), Nullagine, 04/06/1904
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1905), Diamonds at Nullagine, 28/10/1905
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1897), Nullagine, 09/07/1897
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1940), Pioneering Pilbara, 21/11/1940
Gibb-Maitland, A. (1908), The Geological Features and Mineral Resources of the Pilbara Goldfield, Geological Society of Western Australia, State Government of Western Australia, 1908

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