Queenston

Location: Gauthier Township
Years of Operation: 1941
Tons Milled: 1,054
Ounces of Gold Produced: 177

 

 

 

 

 

Queenston Mine (Past Producer)

MAIN METALS:

Au

LOCATION:

Approximately  917a  miles east of Kirkland Lake, 2^ miles northwest of Fork Lake, in central Gauthier  Township.  No.1  Shaft  in  claim  L9613; No.2 Shaft in claim L8366. Latitude 48.130 ,  Longi tude 79.820 . Map reference: ODM 50c, Township of Gauthier.

GEOLOGY:

The  Larder  Lake  “break”,  which  trends east-southeast  across  the  property,  consists  of  a 300-foot  width  of highly  sheared  carbonate  rocks dipping  steeply  south.  The carbonate rocks form  a central  lens, 50 to 100 feet in width, which is inter bedded with talc-chlorite schist.  Rocks to the north of  the  “break”  consist  of  Timiskaming  metasedi ments,  both  fine-grained  and  conglomeratic,  and interbedded  andesitic  lavas and tuffs. To the south of  the  “break”,  ultramafic  and  mafic  intrusive rocks  are  cut  by  an  irregular  complex  of syenite intrusions.  The entire  carbonate  zone contains dis seminated  sulphide  mineralization  (mainly  pyrite).

ECONOMIC  FEATURES:

Gold  occurs throughout the carbonate  zone  but  “ore”  grade  is  attained  only where  quartz-filled  fractures  occur  within  and adjacent to  numerous dikes  of syenite. A pipe-like body of medium grade ore was outlined on the 125- and  250-foot  levels.  Developed  ore  reserves  are estimated  to  be  330,000 tons  grading 0.14  ounce of  Au  per  ton  (Canadian  Mines  Handbook  1973- 1974, p.284).

OWNERSHIP:

Queenston Gold Mines Limited (controll ed by Upper Canada Resources Limited).

HISTORY:

1928:  Diamond-drilling and  a  shaft  (Queen ston  No.1)  to 650 feet, with  2,000  feet of lateral development  on  the 600-foot level. A second shaft (Queenston  No.2)  to  100  feet  with  146  feet  of lateral  development  on  the 94-foot level. All work by Murphy Mines Limited.
1941: Additional claims acquired and four diamond- drill holes (2,350 feet). Due to encouraging results, No.2  Shaft deepened to 272 feet, with 748 feet of lateral  development  on  levels  at  125 and 250 feet, and  2,776 feet of underground diamond-drilling in 41  holes. Mining plant installed. All work by Queenston Gold Mines Limited.
1946-1947:  Anoki  Gold  Mines  Limited  property acquired  and  Anoki  (Queenston  No.3)  Shaft  de- watered and sampled.  1,627 feet of lateral develop ment from No.2 Shaft. Shaft No.4 sunk to 267 feet with a  level at 260 feet. Diamond-drilling amounted to 16 holes (8,950 feet) from surface and 241  holes (28,754 feet) from underground.
1950-1951:  A total of 11,063 feet of underground lateral  development carried out from Shafts Nos.  3 and  4.  Diamond-drilling  amounted  to  11  holes (3,269 feet) from the surface and 415 holes (53,929 feet) from underground. Circa  1960: Geological surveys and diamond-drilling (amount unknown).

PRODUCTION:

Year Gold Ore Milled Recovered Grade
(ounces)  (tons)  (ounce of Au per ton)
 1941  177  1054 0.17

REFERENCES:

Canadian Mines Handbook  1973-1974, p.284.
ODM 1941, Vol.50, pt.8, p.20, 21.
ODM 1964, MRC3,p.61,62.
Resident  Geologist’s  Files,  Ontario  Ministry  of Natural Resources, Kirkland Lake.

Gordon, J.B., Lovell, H.L., de Grijs, Jan, and Davie, R.F.
1979:  Gold  Deposits of Ontario,  Part  2:  Part of District of Cochrane,  Districts of Muskoka,  Nipissing,  Parry  Sound,  Sudbury,  Timiskaming,  and  Counties  of Southern  Ontario;  Ontario  Geological  Survey,  Mineral  Deposits  Circular  18,  253p.

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