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Slippery Gimlet Gold Mine, Ora Banda Goldfield, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 30° 22' 53'' South , 121° 3' 45'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -30.38151,121.06264
GeoHash:G#: qdw54v5ng
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate


The Slippery Gimlet is a historic lease, amongst several now occupied by the large Gimlet South open cut, 500 metres south of Ora Banda. GML 1336W. It is said the Gimlet lode was discovered after a wood cutter found some nuggets at the location in 1906. None of the reefs outcrop at the location. Discovery of the reef goes to Abbott, who dug an open cut. There was a James, Jimmy, and John Abbott in the sources, which one the discoverer unclear. He pegged the Slippery Gimlet lease, being the parent mine on the lode.

The mine passed to Nat Friedman, J.H. Johnson, Charlie Cutbush and Jack Fimister, who also initially work it. In 1909, the lode had been worked a length of 320 feet at the 150 foot level, 6 to 15 feet wide, in very soft oxidised ore. A 100 ounce slug was found in the workings in 1910, inamongst a very rich patch.

J.H. Johnson was born in New Zealand in 1864, and had arrived in the Western Australian goldfields in 1900. In 1913, he started the Swan Cement company, which later merged forming the Swan Portland Cement Company. Johnson claimed a shaft sinking record at the Slippery Gimlet of 375 feet in 30 days with 5 men.
They were however more preoccupied with their battery which crushed for the public, and was the fore runner of the state battery erected in 1913. By 1912, the mine had produced over 8000 ounces of gold from one source, and 25 000 tonnes of ore worth 18 000 $ pounds from another. Yet another source in 1915 states the mine has produced about 30 000 tonnes of ore for 16 673 ounces of gold.

The Oroya Links Company had secured an option over the mine early 1911 for 25 000 pounds, and 10% fully paid shares in any company formed to work the deposit. Oroya abandoned the option, stating it was not big enough. The lease was soon then taken as an option by the Gwalia South company who also abandoned it, stating the gold grades were too low. E. Graham Price and Co held a 6 month option in 1912, then Lionel Robinson and Clarke who abandoned it also with not much testing. Sidney Yeo held an option over the mine in 1913. Ten men are employed and W.M. Bailey is mine manager. A huntingdon mill is on the property.

Bailey and party are tributing in 1914. In 1915, a vein of quartz containing tellurides was discovered at the mine, at the 285 foot level. Sulphides were at the 150 foot level.

The Associated Northern Block (W.A.) had acquired the neighbouring Victorious lease in the early 1930's. Finding less gold than expected, they purchased the Slippery Gimlet in 1934 from the Goldfields Australian Development Company. They proceeded to unwater the shafts and recondition the property. Mining ceased in 1943, tailings retreatment 1945, the company liquidated in 1948, and the lease forfeited the same year for non payment of rent to the Mines Department.

The Mindat co-ordinates are approximate and mark the abandoned large Gimnlet South open pit, which swallowed all the old historic workings along this line of lode.


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Mineral List


16 valid minerals.

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Regional Geology

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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Cenozoic
0 - 66 Ma



ID: 790159
ferruginous duricrust 38498

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 66 Ma)

Description: Ferruginous duricrust, laterite; pisolitic, nodular, vuggy; may include massive to pisolitic ferruginous subsoil, mottled clays, magnesite, reworked products of ferruginous and siliceous duricrusts, calcrete, gossan; residual ferruginous saprolite

Comments: regolith; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Regolith

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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References

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The Sun newspaper (Kalgoorlie) (1911), Gimlet and Ora Banda, 11/01/1911
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1915), Slippery Gimlet G.M. Telluride at 285 ft Level, 24/08/1915
The West Australian newspaper (Perth) (1948), Personal, 30/10/1948
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1948), Associated Northern Going Into Liquidation, 01/05/1948
The Sun newspaper (Kalgoorlie) (1916), Mining, 17/12/1916
The Daily News newspaper (Perth) (1917), Shaft Sinking Record, 10/03/1917
The Sun newspaper (Kalgoorlie) (1913), Mining Notes, 19/10/1913
Sunday Times newspaper (Perth) (1913), Kalgoorlie Kedgeree, 06/04/1913
The Evening Star newspaper (Boulder) (1910), The Gimlet. 100 oz Slug Found in Soft Lode, 25/11/1910
The Sun newspaper (Kalgoorlie) (1909), Mining, 18/07/1909
Western Mail newspaper (Perth) (1912), The Ora Banda District, 28/10/1912
Kalgoorlie Western Argus newspaper (1910), The Ora Banda District. Glimpses of the Gimlet, 06/12/1910
The Evening Star newspaper (Boulder) (1912), Ora Banda, 15/10/1912
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1914), The Slippery Gimlet, 15/05/1914
The Sun newspaper (Kalgoorlie) (1911), Ora Banda. Slippery Gimlet Option Extended, 09/04/1911
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1913), Ora Banda. The Slippery Gimlet Option, 05/07/1913
Simpson, Edward S. (1948) Minerals of Western Australia Vol 1 (Facsimile ed. 1984). Hesperian Press, Carlisle, Western Australia.
Simpson, Edward S. (1951) Minerals of Western Australia Vol 2 (Facsimile ed. 1984). Hesperian Press, Carlisle, Western Australia.
Simpson, Edward S. (1952) Minerals of Western Australia Vol 3 (Facsimile ed. 1984). Hesperian Press, Carlisle, Western Australia.

 
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