|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||29° 41' 14'' South , 121° 1' 2'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-29.68735,121.01746|
|Köppen climate type:||BWh : Hot deserts climate|
The Robinson Crusoe Gold Mine is a historic mine just west of Menzies, with the Lady Sherry mine to the north-west and the Queensland Menzies mine to the south-east. The area has since become very disturbed, and the mine may have been obliterated by the later First Hit Gold Mine and its tailings.
The mine started as one of the original Wilson's Octagon leases pegged by John Reid in 1894. The following year the Menzies Robinson Crusoe Gold Mining Company was floated with 85 000 pounds capital to acquire the lease. W. Jowett was appointed mine manager. A ten head battery was erected just east of the mine, linked by an ore tramway.
While initially rich, the tumbled nature of the ground presented the company with many challenges. The shoots were short and discontinuous, dipped in all directions, had highly variable grades, and gold could be found up to 7 feet away from the veins in the hard diorite ground, often associated with galena.
Sometime before 1909, the company ceased mining, and the battery was sold for a whole 50 pounds, and re erected at the Maranoa mine elsewhere in the Menzies area. Some prospector crushings took place at the Robinson Crusoe across 1917 to 1919.
Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
9 valid minerals.
Rock Types Recorded
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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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2500 - 4000 Ma
Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)
Comments: meta-igneous mafic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions
Lithology: Meta-igneous mafic
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). 
|Neoarchean - Mesoarchean|
2500 - 3200 Ma
|Archean volcanic rocks|
Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)
Comments: Yilgarn Craton
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.