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Murphys Hill Mine, Whangapoua, Coromandel peninsula, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealand

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° 45' 34'' South , 175° 40' 2'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -36.75957,175.66741
GeoHash:G#: rckyvkj5g
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate


Murphy's Hill is about 15 kilometres south-east by road of Whangapoua, 200 metres east of the Te Rerenga-Kauotunu Road, and just south-east of the Whangapoua Harbour. The hill is named after the original prospector who discovered gold here P. Murphy in 1861. He registered the claim on the southern side of the hill, and it was worked successfully for a short time.

Little gold appeared to exist outside the prospectors claim. Trenches, and several adits are noted at the time in vughy near surface flinty quartz, much manganese oxide stained. In 1864, Murphy abandoned his interest in the lease when the other shareholders refused to provide more money to develop the mine.

Prospectors obtained a further 40 tonnes of ore for 38.5 ounces of gold in 1894.

Little if anything appears to remain of the workings.


Mineral List


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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Quaternary
0 - 2.588 Ma



ID: 1310146
Late Quaternary alluvium and colluvium

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Pakihi Supergroup

Description: Unconsolidated to poorly consolidated mud, sand, gravel and peat.

Comments: Zealandia Megasequence Terrestrial and Shallow Marine Sedimentary Rocks (Neogene)

Lithology: Mud, sand, gravel, peat

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]

Quaternary
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]

Tortonian - Burdigalian
7.246 - 20.44 Ma



ID: 1315860
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]

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



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References

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New Zealander newspaper (1862) Coromandel, Vol. XVIII, issue 1738, 01 November 1862.
New Zealander newspaper (1864) Murphy's Reef (advert), Vol. XX, issue 2093, 18 April 1864.
New Zealand Times newspaper (1894) A Mining Revival, Vol. LVI, issue 2366, 23 November 1894.
New Zealand Herald newspaper (1923) Mining Prospects. Coromandel District, Vol. LX, issue 18472, 08 August 1923.

 
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