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Four In Hand Mine (New Four In Hand), Waikoromiko, Coromandel peninsula, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealand

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° 42' 41'' South , 175° 32' 4'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -36.71163,175.53447
GeoHash:G#: rckz4ku73
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Historic gold mine. The Four in Hand Company was formed in 1895 by D.G. Macdonnell on behalf of several original shareholders, finding rich specimen stone, paying two dividends, but with no crushing facilities was always doomed to failure. The lease covered 30 acres.

Initial development was on the No. 1 level where rich specimen stone was found. The reef averaged 6 feet thick, consisting of a solid quartz Hanging Wall portion 3 feet thick, the richest gold found in oxidised quartz. In the middle of the reef was a horse of mullock, 2 feet 6 inches thick, containing numerous auriferous quartz stringers. Lastly a Footwall portion of one foot thick auriferous solid quartz. At one point the reef turns at right angles, before resuming its north-south trend. The company then worked a low level, 300 feet beneath of the spur ridge line. Gold was likely found as free, and within electrum, based on specimens seen at the Auckland Museum from the location. A complete list of species is needed.

The New Four in Hand Gold Mining Company was formed in 1898 to take over the lease. There was no money to develop the mine sufficiently and was soon in debt. With rich specimen stone found, the debt was paid, and it became a dividend paying mine for three years.

A new five stamp battery was opened in 1899. The lease was 220 acres, consisting of the old Four in Hand, Cuirassier, Surplus, Tainui, and Tainui Extended leases. Most development work had occurred in the first two, with four working levels in total. Ore was transported to the battery by a Boullivant's automatic tram. The first crushing of 60 tonnes of ore yielded 100 ounces of gold.

Development occurred along the reef in a southerly direction, however the rich shoot was eventually lost. In 1903, more capital was raised, which financed a new low level tunnel, near the stream, which intended to go from one side of the spur to the other. No gold was located, and the company went into liquidation around 1906.

In 1907, a new syndicate took over, and spent eighteen months exploring the northern section of the reef, before forming another Four in Hand Company in 1909. The only information found after this was the company seeking protection from the warden in 1912, and is thought to have abandoned the lease shortly after.

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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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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]

5.333 - 23.03 Ma

ID: 1308094
Coromandel Group Miocene andesite and basaltic andesite lava

Age: Miocene (5.333 - 23.03 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Coromandel Group

Description: Andesite and basaltic andesite lava, tuff and tuff breccia, agglomerate and pyroclastic flow deposits; andesite, diorite and dacite dikes and subvolcanic intusions.

Comments: Zealandia Megasequence Extrusive and Intrusive Rocks (Neogene)

Lithology: Andesite, tuffite, tuff-breccia, agglomerate, pyroclastic material, andesite, diorite, dacite

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]

Tortonian - Burdigalian
7.246 - 20.44 Ma

ID: 1367833
Kuaotunu Subgroup andesite and dacite (Coromandel Group) of Coromandel Volcanic Zone

Age: Miocene (7.246 - 20.44 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Kuaotunu Subgroup

Description: Basaltic andesite, andesite and dacite intrusives, flows, volcaniclastites and volcanic epiclastites.

Comments: Neogene igneous rocks. Age based on K-Ar

Lithology: Major:: {andesite},Minor:: {dacite}

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

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New Zealand Herald newspaper (1895) Four in Hand, Vol. XXXII, issue 9868, 10 July 1895.
Auckland Star newspaper (1896) A Visit to Waikoromiko District, Vol. XXVII, issue 67, 20 March 1896.
Auckland Star newspaper (1896) Waikoromiko. Four in Hand, Vol. XXVII, issue 256, 29 October 1896.
New Zealand Herald newspaper (1899) New Four-in-Hand G.M. Co, Vol. XXXVI, issue 11049, 28 April 1899.
Auckland Star newspaper (1899) The Four-in-Hand. Starting the Battery, Vol. XXX, issue 99, 28 April 1899.
Auckland Star newspaper (1899) New Four in Hand Return, Vol. XXX, issue 134, 08 June 1899.
New Zealand Herald newspaper (1903) The Goldfields. New Four-in-Hand G.M. Co., Vol. XL, issue 12310, 30 June 1903.
Observer newspaper (1909) Four-in-Hand Gold Mining Coy. Limited, Vol. XXIX, issue 35, 15 May 1909.

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