Mineral fields of Western Australia

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Mining in Western Australia is administered in terms of the administrative divisions of the:-

  • Gold or Mineral Field
  • Goldfield District

There have also been various hierarchies of State Mining Engineer Inspectorate areas, as well as Mining Registrars Offices and areas.

List of fields[edit]

The following list is of the current Gold (G.F.) or Mineral (M.F.) Fields in the state[1] The prefix code number is that which is found on maps of the Mineral Fields of the state. Areas are in square kilometres and Gazetted dates are from a 1981 publication.[2] The three areas outside proclaimed Gold Fields are listed below the table: -

Prefix code number Official Gold/Mineral Field Current Goldfield District Current mining registrar Area in km2 Gazetted date
01 Greenbushes M.F.[3] Perth 101 7 April 1892
04 West Kimberley G.F.[4] Karratha 225,373 19 March 1920
08 Ashburton G.F.[5] Karratha 69,930 25 December 1890
09 Gascoyne G.F.[6] Karratha 130,535 25 June 1897
12 Collie River M.F.[7] Perth 640 21 February 1896
15 Coolgardie G.F. Coolgardie Coolgardie 24,304 6 April 1894
16 Coolgardie G.F. Kunanalling Coolgardie 6004
20 Murchison G.F. Cue Mount Magnet 22,256 24 September 1891
21 Murchison G.F. Day Dawn Mount Magnet 2,320
24 Broad Arrow G.F. Kalgoorlie 2,668 11 November 1896
25 East Coolgardie G.F. Bulong Kalgoorlie 2,564 21 September 1894
26 East Coolgardie G.F. Kalgoorlie 2,098
27 North East Coolgardie G.F. Kanowna Kalgoorlie 2,833 20 March 1896
28 North East Coolgardie G.F. Kurnalpi Kalgoorlie 50,531
29 North Coolgardie G.F. Menzies Kalgoorlie 17,265 28 June 1895
30 North Coolgardie G.F. Ullaring Kalgoorlie 8,011
31 North Coolgardie G.F. Yerilla Kalgoorlie 8,184
36 East Murchison G.F. Lawlers Meekatharra 17,330 28 June 1895
37 Margaret G.F. Mount Malcolm Leonora 15,587 12 March 1897
38 Margaret G. F. Mount Margaret Leonora 103,322
39 Margaret G.F. Mount Morgans Leonora 36,278
40 North Coolgardie G.F. Niagara Leonora 1,782 28 June 1895
45 Pilbara G.F. Marble Bar Marble Bar 359,698 1 October 1888
46 Pilbara G.F . Nullagine Marble Bar 27,516
47 West Pilbara G.F. Karratha 75,711 20 September 1895
51 Murchison G.F. Meekatharra Meekatharra 31,727 24 September 1891
52 Peak Hill G.F. Meekatharra 84,330 19 March 1897
53 East Murchison G.F. Wiluna Leonora 27,184 28 June 1895
57 East Murchison G.F. Black Range Mount Magnet 22,976
58 Murchison G.F. Mount Magnet Mount Magnet 9,674 24 September 1891
59 Yalgoo G.F. Mount Magnet 60,165 8 February 1895
63 Dundas G.F.[8] Norseman 29,604 10 January 1896
66 Northampton M.F. Perth 3,377 1 January 1897
69 Warburton M.F. Perth 15 May 1981
70 South West M.F. Perth 229,561 14 April 1938
74 Phillips River G.F.[9] Perth 16,835 14 July 1899
77 Yilgarn G.F.[10] Southern Cross 44,807 1 October 1888
80 Kimberley G.F.[11] Karratha 224,834 20 May 1886

Mining districts outside proclaimed Gold fields in 1981[edit]

  • Eucla 124,500 km2 gazetted 6 October 1967
  • Nabberu 136,250 km2 gazetted 6 October 1967
  • Warburton 260,483 km2 gazetted 6 October 1967 now number 69 above

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2008.  pages 8,9,10
  2. ^ (1981) Map of Western Australia showing |Administrative Divisions and principal mines and operators Perth, Department of Mines Administrative divisions list
  3. ^ "Greenbushes mineral field". Kalgoorlie Miner. 16 (4630). Western Australia. 3 August 1910. p. 3. Retrieved 8 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "News and notes". Westralian Worker (1499). Western Australia. 30 July 1937. p. 5. Retrieved 9 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "Western Australia". Newcastle Morning Herald And Miners' Advocate. XVII (11,515). New South Wales, Australia. 19 September 1890. p. 6. Retrieved 9 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "Gascoyne". Western Mail. XIV (677). Western Australia. 16 December 1898. p. 129. Retrieved 9 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "Collie River coal mining district". Western Mail. XVI (801). Western Australia. 4 May 1901. p. 32. Retrieved 9 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ Catling, Arthur (1899), The Norseman gold belt : Dundas Goldfield, a flourishing West Australian division, description of the mines and country, together with a history of the companies and people : a record of the output of each property, s.n, retrieved 19 April 2012 
  9. ^ Prebble, F. (Frances) (1979), The historical development of the Phillips River goldfield, Western Australia, retrieved 19 April 2012 
  10. ^ Ralph, Gilbert M (2007), Bullfinch and the Yilgarn goldfield, Hesperian Press, ISBN 978-0-85905-395-2 
  11. ^ Playford, Phillip E. (Phillip Elliott); Ruddock, Ian, Discovery of the Kimberley goldfield, retrieved 19 April 2012 

Further reading[edit]

  • (1981) Mineral fields of the southwest : guide book / by S.A. Wilde, C.R.M. Butt, J.L. Baxter ; compiled by T.E. Johnston. [Australia] : Geological Society of Australia, 1981. Excursion guide ; A4 Geological Society of Australia, fifth Australian Geological Convention.
  • (1936) Map of the Western Australian goldfields and mineral fields 1936 [cartographic material]/ Mines Department of Western Australia. Scale [ca.1:550 000]. [ca. 1" = 10 miles]. (E 112° -- E 123°/S 020° -- S 036°) Shows state batteries, telegraph lines and stock routes. Battye accession number 002306.