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Post  Guest Wed May 18, 2011 4:41 pm

One for our S.A & N.T mates. This report is worth the down load the link is at the bottom of the page ... The spelling came out a bit rough but I think you will get the idea. Cheers

Extract taken from Catalogue of South Australian minerals, 1893


Bridge, Block's Burgin's, John Bull, Sandy, Snadden's (about ten or twelve miles south-east of Mount Wells), Pine, and Yam Creeks ; Cement, Grierson's, Margaret, Neate's, and Stuart Gullies; Extended Union, Fountain Head, Houschildt's, Howley, Mount Gates, Old Twelve- Mile, Port Darwin Camp, Wulwonga, Union (in slate).

Arltunga or Paddy's Rockhole, Mount Morgan, Perkins's, The Gap, Thompson's, Fine Gold, Free and Easy, Kangaroo, Kimberley's, Newman's, and Nuggetty Gullies; Paddy's Rockhole Creek; Poverty, Red, Tatter- sail's, White's and other gullies. It has been reported also that colours have been obtained at Winnecke's Depot, Jay's Creek, the Giles, and other places east and west of Alice Springs.

In South Australia gold occurs in the several matrices undermentioned, viz. : (1) quartz reefs; (2) iron oxides (limonite, hematite, gossan, flucan, &c.) ; (3) Pyrites (ordinary iron pyrites and arsenical pyrites) ; (4) kaolin and silico fels- pathic decomposed veins and dykes; and (5) ferro-calcite (carbonate of lime and iron). The associated valuable ores and metals are galena or silver-lead, native bismuth and its carbonate, native copper, and ores of nickel, cobalt, and arsenic. In quartz reefs the gold is often visible to the naked eye, and in some cases in pieces of considerable size ; but in the ironstones and gossans it is often so fine as to be invisible. In pyrites this latter is almost always the condition, no gold being visible until the pyrites has been ground up. The kaolin and silico fels-pathic veinstones are generally small and often irregular, the gold occurring in them in flat, nuggetty pieces, and flat leaves and filaments, and often separated by long intervals of barren sections in the vein. They are apparently decomposed igneous intrusions associated with veinstone. The occurrence of nuggets in the alluvial drifts may often be due to the denudation of the soft argillaceous strata in which these veins have been formed, and nor alone to quartz reefs, which are generally regarded as the matrices of nuggetty gold. Auriferous quartz reefs occur in gneiss, granite, micaceous and hornblendic schists, and metamorphic sandstone and quartzites ; in argillaceous slates and sandstones ; in dolomitic limestones and slates : and in brief in all the known Primary rocks. Granite, diorite, porphyry, and other granitic dykes are often found traversing the gold bearing rocks in the neighbourhood, or associated with the auriferous veins. The presence of auriferous veins is generally indicated by outcrops of quartz, ferruginous quartz, hematite, limonite, and other oxides of iron in reefs conforming to the strike and bedding of the country rocks, or cutting across them at varying angles. Their underlie varies from vertical to nearly horizontal, and their width or thickness from many feet to a few inches. Their bearing or “ strike " is generally more or less meridional, although east and west in some districts. The character of the quartz varies greatly ; opaque, transparent, granular, dense, opalline, and ferruginous quartz, have all been observed to contain gold. The upper portions of auriferous veins are generally oxidised, the sulphide of iron being converted into oxides, but this is not invariably the case. The gold exists in shoots, i e., portions of the reef which are auriferous may be followed down continuously to considerable depths, while other portions along the course of the reef are barren, or else contain a much less proportion of gold. Small branch veins or " leaders" running across or into the main vein are often richer than the main vein, or the latter is more highly auriferous near the junction. Iron and arsenical pyrites are more or less auriferous in all auriferous veins, but may vary in richness in a similar manner to quartz.

Aurora Australis, Birthday, Elsie May, Eudunda Hope, Nectar, No Gammon, Trojan, Westward Ho, and others

Blue Star, Ironclad, Jubilee, Meaches', Royal Charlie, Victoria, Victory, Warrior, and other reefs.

WADXAMINGA REEFS. Birthday, Commonwealth, Countess of Jersey, Earl of Jersey, Eiffel Tower, Golden Tower, Grand Junction, Holmes' Meridian, Oulnina Tower, Overtoil's, Victoria Tower, Virginia, &c.

ULOOLOO DIGGINGS. Some of the quartz and ironstone veins have been found to contain gold.

NEW LUXEMBURG. New Mingary Reefs (including the Bismarck, John Brown, and sundry other claims), Mount Brandt, Queen Bee, &c.

OLARY DISTRICT. King's Bluff, Olary Mine (two and a half miles from railway station), Green and Gold Mine (ten miles from railway station), Woman in White or Mount Cogan Mine (twelve miles from railway station), and other mines ; Big Blow (four miles north-east of Outalpa Station).

WAUKARINGA DISTRICT. Alma and Victoria, Alma Extended, Blackfellows' Reef, Daydawn, East Alma, Mid-Alma, Mount Victoria, Wraukaringa West, West Alma, Eukaby Silver Mines, &c.

Taken from
Catalogue of South Australian minerals, 1893


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Post  ACTIV8 Wed May 18, 2011 5:37 pm

Good nostalgic read mate thankyou. Very Happy
Spent a lot of time as a young fella knocking around the Waukaringa Teetulpa area.
When the Waukaringa pub was pretty well in tact and some of the old galvo houses where still there.
We mucked around with early detectors but never did any good.

Most of those areas at Arltunga are of limits now as they are in the Historical reserve. Sad
Mores the pity as I firmly believe the gold in the ground belongs to the citizens.
Kangaroo and nuggetty gullies where the best but now a no go for fossikers. Rolling Eyes
NT government should take note; the only way to get tourists back to Arltunga is to
Put in a camp ground, and open all but the battery precinct to fossickers. Idea

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