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John Bull's Surprise Gold Prospect, The Gardens Station, Central Desert Region, Northern Territory, Australiai
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23° 26' 14'' South , 134° 33' 2'' East
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John Bull's Surprise is in very remote country east of the Mordor Pound, about half-way between the Winnecke and Arltunga goldfields. A little used road (track) heads north into rugged country from near Paddy's Jump-Up on the Ross River Station to Arltunga Road. Track winds north through mountains and across creek crossings till it eventually ends a few kilometres west of the Claraville homestead, on the east-west track from the Stuart Highway to The Gardens station homestead, and then Claraville. About half-way along this north trending track, an exploration track, probably barely passable heads west for about 5 kilometres to or near the prospect. Mindat map approximate.

The only modern investigation was by Tanami Exploration NL around 2005, which found 3.5 g/t Au.

The prospect is probably named after John Bull, a prospector on the Winnecke and surrounds goldfield shortly after its discovery in 1902. Bull, as the name suggests was a relentless promoter of his leases, stretching the truth as far as possible till it broke. Information relates to prospects he controlled north-west of the Winnecke Goldfield, around Sloans Gully and Sliding Rock.

Bull headed a syndicate, but fell out with them, after they refused to support the purchase of a lease at Sloans Gully. It appears the syndicate had lost faith they were being told the truth. They started dishonouring his cheques. The syndicate was wound up. Bull continued on, employing four men to sink a shaft, quoting the mine manager, a Mr. Marsh, who stated the mine would be a second Boulder, referring to one of the world's richest gold deposits in Western Australia. Ryan's, Killarney, and the Great John Bull Gold Mine were names found but it is unclear if these were different names for the same mine, or different locations. The mine produced a small tonnage and ounces before being abandoned.

Regions containing this locality

Australian Plate (Australia Plate)Tectonic Plate
Central Australian Element, AustraliaCraton
Warakurna Large Igneous Province, Western Australia, AustraliaGeologic Province
Arunta Orogen, AustraliaOrogen
Aileron Province, Arunta Orogen, AustraliaGeologic Province

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2 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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'Chlorite Group'
Reference: Rodhe, C. (2005) Second Combined Annual Report. Exploration Licences 9529, 10360, 10404, 22625, 22759, 22918, 23650. Winnecke Project. For Year Ending 1 April 2005, Tanami Exploration NL.
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: Rodhe, C. (2005) Second Combined Annual Report. Exploration Licences 9529, 10360, 10404, 22625, 22759, 22918, 23650. Winnecke Project. For Year Ending 1 April 2005, Tanami Exploration NL.
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Rodhe, C. (2005) Second Combined Annual Report. Exploration Licences 9529, 10360, 10404, 22625, 22759, 22918, 23650. Winnecke Project. For Year Ending 1 April 2005, Tanami Exploration NL.
Muscovite var: Sericite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Rodhe, C. (2005) Second Combined Annual Report. Exploration Licences 9529, 10360, 10404, 22625, 22759, 22918, 23650. Winnecke Project. For Year Ending 1 April 2005, Tanami Exploration NL.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Gold1.AA.05Au
Group 9 - Silicates
Muscovite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Sericite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Gold1.1.1.1Au
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-
Muscovite
var: Sericite
-KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
OOxygen
O Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
AlAluminium
Al Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
KPotassium
K Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
AuGold
Au GoldAu

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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Paleozoic
251.902 - 541 Ma



ID: 854945
retrograde schist zones 72682

Age: Phanerozoic (251.902 - 541 Ma)

Description: Retrogressed greenschist facies rocks; mainly schist, some mylonite and breccia

Comments: fault / shear rock; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Fault / shear rock

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]

Paleoproterozoic
1600 - 2500 Ma



ID: 3186582
Paleoproterozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Comments: Arunta Block

Lithology: Granulite grade orthogneiss/paragneiss/metavolcanic gneiss

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]

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

References

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Rodhe, C. (2005) Second Combined Annual Report. Exploration Licences 9529, 10360, 10404, 22625, 22759, 22918, 23650. Winnecke Project. For Year Ending 1 April 2005, Tanami Exploration NL.
The Register newspaper (Adelaide) (1903) Winnecke, 21/08/1903.
Chronicle newspaper (Adelaide) (1905) The Winnecke Field, 11/02/1905.
Adelaide Observer newspaper (1903) Winnecke's Depot, 20/06/1903.
The Express and Telegraph newspaper (Adelaide) (1905) Mining at Winnecke's, 04/08/1905.
Adelaide Observer newspaper (1903) Mining in South Australia. Winnecke's Depot, 12/09/1903.
The Register newspaper (Adelaide) (1905) Mining in South Australia, 20/02/1905.


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