Pictured above is an historic 10 head Stamper used until 1941.
Several reefs were discovered at Mount Remarkable near Sheep Station Creek north of the Little River about two kilometres north-east of Mount Poole. A tunnel was driven 84 metres along a reef 0.3 metres wide bearing northerly and about 120 tonnes were mined; 19 tonnes were crushed yielding 127 gm. Au/tonne.
The yield of the remaining tonnage is unrecorded. In 1895 the mine was reported to be turning out payable stone and in 1896 another tunnel was being constructed with Government aid. Mining continued sporadically until 1911 when a second reef was opened up about 40 m. from the first reef and a shaft was sunk. This reef was up to 1 m. wide and could be traced over 125 metres in strike length, bearing at 70° and dipping at about 60° south easterly. The major activity at the Mt. Remarkable mine occured between 1936 and 1941 when 694 tonnes of ore yielded 14.12 kilograms of gold (20.3 gm/tonne).
A "clean-up" in 1942 of 41 tonnes yielded 4 gm/tonne; at that time it was reported that about 500 tonnes of tailings were stockpiled averaging 4.7 gm. Au/tonne.
A recent channel sample taken over a one metre wide section of the second reef at the face of the lower tunnel was analyzed at 20 gm. Au/tonne. The reef consisted of argillaceous rock with a number of narrow quartz veins. A channel sample 15 cm. wide near the end of the upper tunnel gave a value of 11.7 gm. Au/tonne (footwall and hangingwall samples went 0.58 and 0.55 gm. Au/tonne). A grab sample of black slate from mullock near the crosscut adit leading to the lower tunnel showed a value of 0.44 gm. Au/tonne.
A grab sample recently taken from a stockpile near the first reef, above the second reef workings, gave a value of 58 gm. Au/tonne.
- Quartz Vein
- Average Width - 1 metres
- Strike Length - 900 metres
- Epithermal Quartz Bearing Gold