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Masters Gully Mine (Maypole; Syndicate No. 7), Hatches Creek Wolfram Field, Hatches Creek, Barkly Region, Northern Territory, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 20° 55' 28'' South , 135° 11' 32'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -20.9246990413, 135.192372324

The Masters Gully mine is in the Hit or Miss Group part of the Hatches Creek wolfram field. To reach head south along a track opposite the Pioneer mine on the Kurundi Road (Binns Track). After about 5 kilometres the track reaches the Hatches Creek itself, and proceeds south, partly along the sandy creek bed (possibly boggy). At the second gully, head along a track west. The track passes the Hen and Chickens mine bordering the north side of the track, then at the second track head north up a gully passing the White Diamond mine, to the Masters Gully mine further up the gully.

There are three lodes at Masters Gully, hosted by sedimentary and volcanic rocks. Much elluvial wolfram has come from the gully. The lease was formerly named Maypole and Syndicate (No. 7). It was registered in 1916, had lapsed by 1922, then re-registered in 1936. The mine then operated continuously until it closed in 1956. From 1936 the mine went through several owners, and many tributing parties, before being taken over by J. Bailey from 1951-1956. Mining was mainly on the south-east section of the lodes in its early years, but later mining switched to the north-west section of the lodes.

The lodes are hosted by medium to coarse grained quartz-sandstone, with narrow quartzite lenses. The lodes are irregular, faulted near the contact of the sedimentary and volcanic rocks. Wolframite is the dominant ore in the quartz reefs, with minor mica, and trace secondary copper.

The No. 1 Lode is 700 feet long at the northern end of the workings, containing a few open cuts, and one shaft. There is one irregular quartz reef, width 8-36 inches, dipping 55-88 degrees west, in a well defined shear. On the lode is an adit called The Big Tunnel, and Moro's Shaft, which was sunk later, intersecting the lode at 143 feet depth.

The next south is the No. 2 Lode, dips south 65-80 degrees, and intersects the No. 1 lode at its western end. The lode is narrow and tungsten poor. The east end of the reef is irregular. A short central section was developed, with drives 100 feet east and west at the 93rd foot level of Baileys Shaft. The reef was entirely removed between the 25-93 foot levels.

No. 3 Lode is south-east from the No. 2 Lode in a shear zone being an extension of the one No. 2 lies in. The lode outcrops for 300 feet, marked by shallow open cuts. The irregular quartz reef is 9-30 inches wide, dipping south-west 70-85 degrees. Ore is patchy.

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Ryan, G.R. (1961), The Geology and Mineral Resources of the Hatches Creek Wolfram Field. Northern Territory, Department of National Development/Bureau of Mineral Resources Geology and Geophysics, Commonwealth Government, Bulletin No. 6, 1961

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