|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||37° 8' 2'' South , 175° 33' 0'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-37.13412,175.55025|
|Köppen climate type:||Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate|
Historic gold mine.
The Saxon Gold Mining Company controlled a lease of 62 acres on the eastern edge of the Thames town-site, and adjacent foothills. It was bounded by the Victoria, May Queen, and Foreshore claims. The lease covered the former old claims of Exchange, Beach, Golden Run, and part of the London and Mariner claims. The company lasted from 1887 to 1893, the mine accessed from a vertical shaft with six levels.
The country rock is highly propylitised pyroxene andesite, with darker hard un-altered andesite. The principal reefs were the Saxon No. 1 and 2, and the Cardigan No. 1 and 2, all trending north-east to south-west, dipping at high angles. Near the Beach Slide Fault, the Saxon No. 2 Reef splits into four branches, while the two Cardigan veins merge. Pockets of specimen stone were found.
Richard Boden was killed underground in a fall of earth in 1887. Underground manager, Patrick Nolan was rendered a paraplegic from a fall of earth in 1889.
In 1893 the May Queen and Saxon mines amalgamated. The last vestige relating to the company was removed from Thames in 1919. The Keesings Fancy Goods Store was built in 1869 on Albert Street. During the 1880's it remained empty until taken over by the Saxon Gold Mining Company as change rooms, and engine shed. With the mine closing around 1914, the building was sold and then dismantled four years later.
2 valid minerals.
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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5.333 - 23.03 Ma
|Coromandel Group Miocene andesite and basaltic andesite lava|
Age: Miocene (5.333 - 23.03 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Coromandel Group
Comments: Zealandia Megasequence Extrusive and Intrusive Rocks (Neogene)
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. 
|Tortonian - Burdigalian|
7.246 - 20.44 Ma
|Kuaotunu Subgroup andesite and dacite (Coromandel Group) of Coromandel Volcanic Zone|
Age: Miocene (7.246 - 20.44 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Kuaotunu Subgroup
Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1.