|Years of Operation:||1932 – 1936|
|Ounces of Gold Produced:||50,123|
Ashley Mine (Past Producer)
Approximately 12 miles northwest of Kirkland Lake, near the 5-mile post on the Argyle- Bannockburn township boundary, in northwestern Bannockburn Township and southwestern Argyle Township. Main (Ashley) Vein and shaft in claim MR8194. Garvey Vein in claim MR8205. Latitude 48.01 0 , Longitude 80.900 . Map reference: ODM 41a, Bannockburn Gold Area.
Northwest-trending Keewatin basalt flows with good pillows are cut by dikes of porphyritic granite and lamprophyre. The gold mineralization occurs in numerous quartz veins, the two main ones being the Ashley and Garvey Veins in Bannockburn and Argyle Townships respectively. The Ashley Vein consists of connected lenses of quartz cutting the basalts; it strikes N100W, dips 500W, and is approximately 2 feet wide. Mineralization, consist ing of pyrite, galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, altaite, specularite and native gold, occurs along fractures in the quartz. The Garvey Vein strikes east, dips 200N, and has a maximum width of 1.5 feet. Mineralization is similar to that of the Ashley Vein.
A 2,000-foot length of the Ashley Vein averaged 0.3 to 0.4 ounce of Au per ton across a width of 2.5 feet.
MR8194 (shaft claim) and two adjacent claims by Caramora Porcupine Mines Limited. Garvey Vein claim and four adjacent claims by G. Sunisloe.
931: Trenching revealed several small veins. The two main veins were diamond-drilled, and as a result an inclined shaft was sunk on the Ashley Vein by Ashley Gold Mining Corporation Limited (controlled by The Mining Corporation of Canada Limited).
1932-1936: Inclined shaft to 403 feet, with levels at 100, 200, 300, and 400 feet. Two winzes, one of them from 400-foot level with levels at 500 and 600 feet. Underground development totalled 17,316 feet. Underground and surface diamond-drilling. All work by The Mining Corporation of Canada Limited.
1947: Caramora Porcupine Mines Limited pur chased three claims (including shaft claim) and found a new vein, 4 inches to 2 feet wide, containing visible gold and tellurides. Underground workings pumped out to the 100-foot level and three dia mond-drill holes put down.
1947-1948: Trenching and nine diamond-drill holes on the Garvey Vein by Ashley Gold and Oil Minerals Limited.
1973: Trenching by G. Sunisloe.
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ODM 1932, Vol.41, pt.2, p.13-18 (Mining Corporation of Canada).
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.