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Robinson Crusoe Gold Mine (Crusoe; Menzies Crusoe), Menzies, Menzies Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 29° 41' 14'' South , 121° 1' 2'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -29.68735,121.01746
GeoHash:G#: qdwp1gd4x
Locality type:Mine
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.

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Mineral List

9 valid minerals.

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Regional Geology

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2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 784939
amphibolite 74334

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Description: Amphibolite, mafic schist, mafic rock intercalated with granite, para-amphibolite; metabasalt, metagabbro, metapyroxenite and metadolerite; Youanmi Terrane

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). [5]

Neoarchean - Mesoarchean
2500 - 3200 Ma

ID: 3187518
Archean volcanic rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)

Comments: Yilgarn Craton

Lithology: Greenstone belt; mafic-ultramafic volcanic 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]

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The Sun newspaper (Kalgoorlie) (1909), Menzies Mems, 25/07/1909
Evening News newspaper (Sydney) (1894), Menzies New Rush, 10/10/1894
The Telegraph newspaper (Brisbane) (1895), Menzies Robinson Crusoe, 23/08/1895
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1899), The Robinson Crusoe, 11/11/1899

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