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Try Fluke Mine, Kuaotunu, Coromandel peninsula, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealand

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° 44' 45'' South , 175° 43' 46'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -36.74599,175.72946
GeoHash:G#: rckyyyd71
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

The Try Fluke Gold Mine was the premier mine on the goldfield in the early 1890's. It also took over the neighbouring Red Mercury, Mariposa, Just-in-Time and John Bull leases, and was active until 1902. The lease contained a battery in the valley below with ore brought from the lower level adit by an aerial tramway. The low level reef was 9 feet wide, ill defined, with a dark friable quartz, while in the upper level the reef was more solid at 5 feet wide.

The main lode became known as the Try Fluke Reef and extended into a number of leases along the line of lode in a north north-east to south-south-west direction, 2-20 feet wide, dipping steeply south-east. The reef contains many cavities with quartz pseudomorphing calcite, sugary quartz, often stained black by manganese oxides. The reef also contains quartz laminae, as thin sheets, book-like, separated from each other by paper thin gaps. Some parts of the reef is decomposed to quartz grit. The richest shoot within the reef was at the spur top, as gossanous material on the surface, with most of the gold very fine.

The first crushing found was 5 tonnes in 1889 for 73 ounces. The following year there was a crushing of 75 tonnes yielding 152 ounces of gold. For the year 1891, the mine produced 7340 tonnes of ore yielding 7537 ounces of gold. It was by far the largest producer on the goldfield at this time.

In 1895, Hugh Murray fell to his death down a winze in the mine. In 1899, his 4 year old son drowned in Kuaotunu Creek.

The mine was sold in 1896 to a London syndicate. John Goldsworthy is mine manager during this period. By this stage the production of gold from the mine was in serious decline, and by 1900 the mine had been amalgamated with other leases, and worked by prospectors.

The mine was part of Bald Spur, a north-south steep sided ridge 2 kilometres south of Kuaotunu. Mindat co-ordinates are approximate. An ore cart from the mine is displayed outside the Kuaotunu Hall.

Mineral List

7 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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0 - 2.588 Ma

ID: 3187411
Cenozoic volcanic rocks

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Lithology: Ignimbrite(s); felsic volcanic rocks; rhyolite

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]

Cretaceous - Jurassic
66 - 201.3 Ma

ID: 1310166
Manaia Hill Group

Age: Mesozoic (66 - 201.3 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Manaia Hill Group

Description: Sandstone, siltstone and conglomerate.

Comments: Eastern Province (Waipapa Composite Terrane) Rocks

Lithology: Sandstone, siltstone, conglomerate

Reference: Edbrooke, S.W., Heron, D.W., Forsyth, P.J., Jongens, R. (compilers). Geology Map of New Zealand 1:1 000 000. GNS Science Geological Map 2. [12]

Berriasian - Oxfordian
139.8 - 163.5 Ma

ID: 1363073
Manaia Hill Group sandstone and siltstone (Waipapa Composite Terrane)

Age: Mesozoic (139.8 - 163.5 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Te Mata Subgroup

Description: Interbedded feldspar-lithic volcanic sandstone, siltstone and mudstone/argillite, with minor conglomerate and coarse sandstone.

Comments: Basement (Eastern Province) sedimentary rocks. Age based on absolute age calculated from stratigraphic age range

Lithology: Major:: {sandstone},Minor:: {siltstone, argillite, conglomerate}

Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1. [13]

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Auckland Star newspaper (1889) The Kuaotunu Goldfield. Splendid Gold from the Try Fluke, Vol. XX, issue 297, 14 December 1889.
Auckland Star newspaper (1890) The Kuaotunu Goldfields. An Excursion trip. Tour of the Mines, Vol. XXI, issue 200, 25 August 1890.
Auckland Star newspaper (1892) Mining, Vol. XXIII, issue 23, 28 January 1892.
Auckland Star newspaper (1893) The Kuaotunu Goldfield, Vol. XXIV, issue 144, 20 June 1893.
Evening Post newspaper (1895) Accidents and Fatalities, Vol. L, Issue 121, 19 November 1895.
Auckland Star newspaper (1896) Try Fluke Company. The Mine Sold, Vol. XXVII, issue 160, 09 July 1896.
Auckland Star newspaper (1896) Kuaotunu Notes, Vol. XXVII, issue 217, 14 September 1896.
New Zealand Herald newspaper (1899) Boy Drowned at Kuaotunu, Vol. XXXVI, issue 11094, 20 June 1899.
Bell, J.M., Fraser, C. (1912) The geology of the Waihi-Tairua Subdivision, Hauraki Division. New Zealand Geological Survey, Bulletin No. 15, New Zealand Government, Wellington, 192 pages.
Christie, A.B., Simpson, M.P., Mauk, J.L., Brathwaite, R.L., Simmons, S.F. (2007) Epithermal Au-Ag and related deposits of the Hauraki Goldfield Coromandel Volcanic Zone New Zealand. Economic Geology, 102:5, 785-816.

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