Meteor Gold Mine, Mount Ida Goldfield, Menzies Shire, Western Australia, Australiai
|Regional Level Types|
|Meteor Gold Mine||Mine (Abandoned)|
|Mount Ida Goldfield||Ore Field|
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||29° 5' 28'' South , 120° 27' 40'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-29.09130,120.46130|
|Locality type:||Mine (Abandoned) - last checked 2017|
|Köppen climate type:||BWh : Hot deserts climate|
The exact location of the mine is uncertain, however one source states it is half a mile from the Timoni Gold Mine. This mine supplied the Meteor battery with water.
The mine was initially developed from 1898 by the Mount Ida Consols Company, along with nearby Timoni and David Copperfield mines. After the company abandoned the properties in 1906, the Briss brothers, H. Reid, and Nielson took over. In 1907 they erected a 5 head battery.
By 1907, the main shaft was down to 150 feet, and driven south along the reef for 50 feet. The reef was 3 feet wide, trending north-south, and dips 60 degrees west. About 100 feet of driving and stoping had been done, achieving to that point 1136 tonnes of ore yielding 1550 ounces of gold.
W.H. Ross took an option over the mine in late 1909, on behalf of Victorian magnate Hans Irvine. The sources are unclear, with some stating he took the option, some he abandoned it before proceeding, and another that he was thinking of abandoning but then decided to stay when exploratory work found a large lode. It is clear he spent 2000 pounds re-timbering the main shaft, installing a safety cage, and erecting other machinery at the insistence of the Inspector of Mines. If the transaction did go ahead then the price was a substantial 12 000 pounds cash and 6000 shares for the option.
In 1911, Labitzke (surname) purchased a half share in the mine. He was involved with the nearby Unexpected leases, and the Meteor from that point became linked with these mines. Tributers are noted on the lease in 1913. In 1916, a local syndicate took over the Unexpected leases and Meteor. It is noted two years before the Unexpected leases were abandoned after a flood hit the area, and this may have also been the fate of the Meteor. The battery is still said to be on the lease in 1916.
Regions containing this locality
|West Australian Element, Western Australia, Australia||Craton|
|Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia, Australia||Craton|
|Kambalda Nickel Metallogenic Province, Western Australia, Australia||Geologic Province|
Select Mineral List TypeStandard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements
Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
5 valid minerals.
Detailed Mineral List:
List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification
|Group 1 - Elements|
|Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts|
|Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides|
|Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates|
List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification
|Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS|
|Metals, other than the Platinum Group|
|Group 2 - SULFIDES|
|AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1|
|Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN|
|Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks|
|Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with  coordinated Si|
List of minerals for each chemical element
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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0 - 2.588 Ma
Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)
Comments: regolith; synthesis of multiple published descriptions
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.