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Aclare Mine, Callington, South Mt Lofty Ranges (Adelaide Hills), Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Australiai
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Aclare MineMine
Callington- not defined -
South Mt Lofty Ranges (Adelaide Hills)Mountain
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
35° 7' 8'' South , 138° 59' 21'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Callington1,246 (2012)4.7km
Kanmantoo618 (2014)5.8km
Nairne3,648 (2012)11.7km
Mount Barker8,357 (2012)12.6km
Blakiston696 (2014)13.0km


A Silver-Lead mine located about 4.5 km SW of Callington.

This mine has a very interesting history, from its discovery in 1859 to tales of fortune, failure, deceit and mystery. A book titled ‘Silver and a Trace of Gold’ by J.K. Chilman is very much worth reading, as it outlines not only the history of this mine, but mining in general during the late 1880’s in South Australia. The book is available at PIRSA head office in Adelaide.

Zinc, nickel, lead, antimony, iron, and gold were previously listed as minerals found at this site, however, they have only been reported in returns form the smelter, or in assays of the lode.

“On the surface the ore consists of carbonate of lead and at a depth carries gold, silver, nickel, lead, antimony, iron and sulphur; to a depth of 25ft.”… “The lode matter is fully 7ft wide, associated with a number of metallic minerals, the principal being lead, silver, and zinc. The others which occur to a small extent, are gold, nickel, and antimony.”
Gee, L.C.E. & Brown, H.Y.L., (1908), Record of The Mines of South Australia, 4th ed., Government Printer, Adelaide, South Australia.
**Further mentions of ‘zinc’ are made under this listing, however further reading suggests most of these are in respect to the mineral being present in the ore, or after smelting.**

‘By the end of 1889 the adit had reached 160 feet through the hard clay slate rock of the hill and had revealed a hanging wall composed of iron pyrites and traces of zinc and galena, …”
Chilman, J.K., (1982), Silver and a Trace of Gold A History of the Aclare Mine, Government Printer, Adelaide South Australia

“Geology: Lode. micaceous schist and quartz containing silver, lead, zinc & little gold, antimony and nickel.
Minerals, galena, lead carbonate,
Country Rock. schist”
Record of Mines – Summary Card, No: 1, Kanmantoo, SI 54-13

On the present dumps you can find some pyrite, galena, sphalerite, gahnite and sulphosalts. But the mine is on private property and access must be requested.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


16 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Arsenopyrite
Formula: FeAsS
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Beudantite
Formula: PbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Gahnite
Formula: ZnAl2O4
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Goslarite
Formula: ZnSO4 · 7H2O
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Jamesonite
Formula: Pb4FeSb6S14
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Marcasite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Melanterite
Formula: Fe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Meneghinite
Formula: Pb13CuSb7S24
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Polybasite
Formula: [(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Pyrargyrite
Formula: Ag3SbS3
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Silver
Formula: Ag
Reference: Gee, L.C.E. & Brown, H.Y.L., 1908, Record of The Mines of South Australia , 4th ed., Government Printer, Adelaide.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.
Sulphur
Formula: S8
Reference: Gee, L.C.E. & Brown, H.Y.L., 1908, Record of The Mines of South Australia , 4th ed., Government Printer, Adelaide.
'Tetrahedrite'
Formula: Cu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
Reference: Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Govenment Printer, South Australia.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Silver1.AA.05Ag
Sulphur1.CC.05S8
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Arsenopyrite2.EB.20FeAsS
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Jamesonite2.HB.15Pb4FeSb6S14
Marcasite2.EB.10aFeS2
Meneghinite2.HB.05bPb13CuSb7S24
Polybasite2.GB.15[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
Pyrargyrite2.GA.05Ag3SbS3
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
'Tetrahedrite'2.GB.05Cu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Gahnite4.BB.05ZnAl2O4
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Anglesite7.AD.35PbSO4
Goslarite7.CB.40ZnSO4 · 7H2O
Melanterite7.CB.35Fe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Beudantite8.BL.05PbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Silver1.1.1.2Ag
Semi-metals and non-metals
Sulphur1.3.5.1S8
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Arsenopyrite2.12.4.1FeAsS
Marcasite2.12.2.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
ø > 4
Polybasite3.1.7.2[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
3 <ø < 4
Meneghinite3.3.5.1Pb13CuSb7S24
'Tetrahedrite'3.3.6.1Cu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
ø = 3
Pyrargyrite3.4.1.2Ag3SbS3
2 < ø < 2.49
Jamesonite3.6.7.1Pb4FeSb6S14
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Gahnite7.2.1.4ZnAl2O4
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anglesite28.3.1.3PbSO4
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Goslarite29.6.11.2ZnSO4 · 7H2O
Melanterite29.6.10.1Fe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Group 43 - COMPOUND PHOSPHATES, ETC.
Anhydrous Compound Phosphates, etc·, Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
Beudantite43.4.1.1PbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H BeudantitePbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6
H GoslariteZnSO4 · 7H2O
H MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
OOxygen
O AnglesitePbSO4
O BeudantitePbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6
O GahniteZnAl2O4
O GoslariteZnSO4 · 7H2O
O MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
AlAluminium
Al GahniteZnAl2O4
SSulfur
S AnglesitePbSO4
S GalenaPbS
S SphaleriteZnS
S JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
S BeudantitePbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6
S GoslariteZnSO4 · 7H2O
S MarcasiteFeS2
S MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
S MeneghinitePb13CuSb7S24
S Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
S PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
S TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
S ArsenopyriteFeAsS
S SulphurS8
FeIron
Fe JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
Fe BeudantitePbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6
Fe MarcasiteFeS2
Fe MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Fe ArsenopyriteFeAsS
CuCopper
Cu MeneghinitePb13CuSb7S24
Cu Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
Cu TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn GahniteZnAl2O4
Zn GoslariteZnSO4 · 7H2O
AsArsenic
As BeudantitePbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6
As Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
As ArsenopyriteFeAsS
AgSilver
Ag Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
Ag PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
Ag SilverAg
SbAntimony
Sb JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
Sb MeneghinitePb13CuSb7S24
Sb Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
Sb PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
Sb TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
PbLead
Pb AnglesitePbSO4
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
Pb BeudantitePbFe3(AsO4)(SO4)(OH)6
Pb MeneghinitePb13CuSb7S24

References

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Noble R.J, Just J, Johnson J. E. (1983), Catalogue of South Australian Minerals - 1983, Government Printer, South Australia.
Brown H.Y.L, (1908), Record of Mines of South Australia, Government Printer, South Australia, 4ed.
Chilman, J.K., (1982), Silver and a Trace of Gold A History of the Aclare Mine, Government Printer, Adelaide South Australia
Record of Mines – Summary Card, No: 1, Kanmantoo, SI 54-13

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