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Indicator and Sulieman Mine, Black Hill, City of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 37° 33' 30'' South , 143° 52' 17'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -37.55843,143.87145
GeoHash:G#: r1q63feyr
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Historic gold mine.

The Indicator and Sulieman Company was formed in 1887, with information on activity found until 1890. Thomas Saunders was mine manager during the period. Little in the way of gold is noted apart from a few veins.

One shaft was operated by the company and a second by tributers. Only the main shaft was located. Stone extracted by the tributers was of a very poor grade. The company enlarged the main shaft, installed poppet heads, and other machinery. The shaft was deepened to 403 feet, and cross-cuts driven east and west.

A one point in 1888 work was suspended due to the failure of shareholders to respond to a call. The way old gold mines worked is people would purchase shares, and expect dividends if the mine was successful. However the company could also request calls, essentially more money from shareholders if extra capital was needed. The request for money was voluntary, but a failure to respond could see the company fold. After the sale of the lease/machinery, shareholders could lose part or most of their money. On the other hand giving more money to the company was a gamble the company would find payable ground.

The company was driving towards the West Indicator Lode and Sulieman Pasha Lode. A few thin quartz veins were discovered carrying gold, but nothing payable, the last report being two crushings mid 1890 for a poor result.

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1 valid mineral.

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Formula: Au
Reference: The Ballarat Star newspaper (1889) Indicator and Sulieman Company, 02 September 1889.

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Au GoldAu

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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Early Silurian - Cambrian
427.4 - 541 Ma

ID: 3185333
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Paleozoic (427.4 - 541 Ma)

Comments: Lachlan Fold Belt

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

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]

Darriwilian - Tremadocian
458.4 - 485.4 Ma

ID: 931622
Castlemaine Group

Age: Ordovician (458.4 - 485.4 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Castlemaine Group

Description: Marine turbiditic sandstone, mudstone, black shale; minor granule conglomerate.

Comments: sedimentary siliciclastic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Sedimentary siliciclastic

Reference: Raymond, O.L., Liu, S., Gallagher, R., Zhang, W., Highet, L.M. Surface Geology of Australia 1:1 million scale dataset 2012 edition. Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia). [5]

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The Ballarat Star newspaper (1887) Indicator and Sulieman Company Ballarat East, 10 August 1887.
The Ballarat Star newspaper (1888) Indicator and Sulieman Company, 01 March 1888.
The Ballarat Star newspaper (1888) Indicator and Sulieman Company, 29 August 1888.
The Ballarat Star newspaper (1889) Indicator and Sulieman Company, 02 September 1889.
The Ballarat Star newspaper (1890) Indicator and Sulieman Company, 25 August 1890.

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