Kangaroo Mine, Hatches Creek Wolfram Field, Hatches Creek, Barkly Region, Northern Territory, Australia
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|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||20° 55' 29'' South , 135° 10' 14'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-20.9247792249, 135.170665675|
Described as half a mile north-west of the Hit or Miss mine, the site could not be identified with any certainty. Mindat map very approximate.
The site contains the Kangaroo Lode, a continuous mineralised shear, one mile long, trending north-east. It is the longest on the Hatches Creek field. It outcrops as a discontinuous line of quartz reefs, wolfram poor at either extreme, and only developed in the richer central portion. The central part of the lode contains many parallel, and en enchelon quartz reefs in a wide shear zone.
The Lady Hamilton, Bransons, and Lost Corner mines cover nearby reefs, but are wolfram ore poor. The Euro, Prodigal, and St Johns leases are all mentioned as nearby, but again their exact location could not be confirmed. A map labels Euro as north-east of Hit or Miss, but this does not match the written description. Ryan further states the Kangaroo and Lady Hamilton claims cover the same ground in 1916. However, Ryan writes separately about the Lady Hamilton, and as such will have its own locality on Mindat. Ryan also states the Lady Edith lease to the west, and Burgess claim to the south. They appear to have all been abandoned by 1923. J. Walsh pegged the Kangaroo and Lady Hamilton in 1937, with his estate later controlling this until 1949, when bought by V. Knight who held it until at least the mid 1950's. The Lost Corner mine was in continual operation from 1939 to the mid 1950's, its early history was known by the name 'Business'.
The lodes are hosted by sedimentary rock of altered siltstone, sandstone, greywacke,and volcanic rock in the north, and volcanic rock and acid porphyry, with isolated quartzite lenses in the south.
The central section contains two intersecting lines of reef, with intense fracturing. Outside this the reefs are short, with an irregular strike. Wolframite, mica, molybdenite, and un-named secondary copper species are found in the reefs. Patches of rich wolfram are found where small faults intersect the reefs. The reefs are up to 36 inches wide in places, marked by many shallow open cuts, and shafts Ryan states.
1 valid mineral.
Rock Types RecordedEntries shown in red are rocks recorded for this region.
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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