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Prince Imperial Mine, Thames, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealand

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 37° 7' 57'' South , 175° 32' 35'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -37.13255,175.54321
GeoHash:G#: rckuf84xj
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Historic gold mine.

Walter Allen fell 570 metres down the main shaft in 1884. Hugh McCormack was killed from a fall of earth underground in 1885.

The Prince Imperial Gold Mining Company was formed to develop the mine in 1872. Little happens until 1882, when a bonanza of gold is found by the New Prince Imperial Gold Mining Company. Rich gold was found in quartz, 90 feet long along the lode, 3 feet wide, with specimen stone in a well defined band 2-9 inches wide along the Footwall, at the No. 4 level. It was mined out by 1884. A battery was purchased from the Alburnia Company also in 1884. So much gold was being found that 52 battery stamps were working 24 hours a day to keep up.

The ore in the mine shows abundant pyrite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, and other un-named sulphides, associated with the gold. Small pyrite veinlets extend into the wall rock. The country rock is highly propylitised andesite, with some harder darker bars of un-altered andesite. The vein system is faulted by a traverse clay filled fissure.

By 1885, the amount of gold won rapidly decreases. In 1889, the Saxon Company purchases the battery. The Victoria Gold Mining Company took over in 1891, and immediately removed all the buildings and machinery from the lease, and boarded up the shaft.

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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: 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]

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New Zealand Herald newspaper (1882) The Prince Imperial Find, Vol. XIX, issue 6553, 17 November 1`882.
Daily Telegraph newspaper (1883) Prosperous Gold Mine, issue 3839, 05 November 1883.
Hawera and Normanby Star newspaper (1883) Luck at Last, Vol. XXXI, issue 4982, 13 September 1884.
Poverty Bay Herald newspaper (1884) Rich Find at the Thames, Vol. XI, issue 4097, 22 September 1884.
Wanganui Herald newspaper (1884) Fatal Accident at the Thames, Vol. XIX, issue 5488, 05 December 1884.
Auckland Star newspaper (1884) Prince Imperial Gold Mining Company, Vol. XXVI, issue 5447, 31 December 1884.
New Zealand Herald newspaper (1885) Fatal Accident in the Prince Imperial Mine, Vol. XXII, issue 7356, 17 June 1885.
Auckland Star newspaper (1889) Our Goldfields, Vol. XX, issue 2, 03 January 1889.
Thames Star newspaper (1895) Pliant for Forfeiture. An Important Case, Vol. XXVI, issue 8074, 20 June 1895.
Fraser, C. (1910) The Geology of the Thames Subdivision, Hauraki, Auckland. New Zealand Geological Survey, Bulletin No. 10 (New Series), New Zealand Government, Wellington, 136 pages.

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