Location: Teck Township
Years of Operation: 1922
Tons Milled:  6,496
Ounces of Gold Produced: 483






Kirkland Gold Rand Mine (Past Producer)


Au, Ag


Immediately  south  of  Kirkland  Lake,  in eastern  Teck  Township.  Shaft  in  patented  claim L2679. Latitude 48.120,  Longitude 80.030 . Map reference: ODM 1945-1, Township of Teck.


The  majority  of the  property  is underlain by  Timiskaming  metasediments  (including  tuffs) intruded  by  irregularly  shaped  bodies  of  syenite porphyry.  The  southeast  corner  is  underlain  by Keewatin  metavolcanics  intruded  by  syenite  and syenite  porphyry. The  rocks  in  the vicinity of the mine  workings  are  Timiskaming  metasediments intruded by syenite porphyry. The  North,  Middle,  and  South  Harvey  Faults,  all trending N55-650E, cross the property. Crossfaults, known  to occur  in  the Wright-Hargreaves and Sylvanite  Mines,  apparently  continue  south  through the claims. Most  of  the  known  gold-bearing  zones  occur  in the  syenite  porphyry.  They  consist  of  quartz stringers,  striking  east  and  dipping  steeply  north, in fracture zones. The gold  appears to be associated with  the  pyrite  and  chalcopyrite  mineralization which accompanies the stringers.


The company’s annual report, dated  February  6,  1947,  stated  that,  assuming continuity  of  ore  between  levels,  a  minimum stoping width  of  3  feet,  and  a  dilution of 15 per cent,  there  was  “room  to  expect” approximately 45,000  tons of ore  grading  0.22  ounce  of Au  per ton  above  the  800-foot  level.  The  report empha sized  that  this  estimate  was  only  an  expectation and that no ore had definitely been blocked out by raising.


Consolidated  Canorama  Explorations Limited.


1918-1922:  No.1  Shaft to  450  feet,  No.2 Shaft to 450 feet, and 5,395 feet of lateral develop ment  on  levels at  100,  150,  300  and  450 feet.  In 1921,  100-ton  mill  installed  and  3,000  to  4,000 tons of  ore  milled  by  February  1922 when opera tions ceased. Work by Ontario Kirkland Gold Mines Limited.
1922-1924: Winze from 450-foot level to a depth of 550 feet with a new level at 550 feet, approximately 3,000 feet of lateral development on the 300-, 450-, and  550-foot  levels,  and  diamond-drilling  by Mon treal-Ontario Mines Limited.
1924-1926: Shaft deepened to 800 feet with a new level  at  800 feet and 3,030 feet of lateral develop ment  on  the  550-  and  800-foot levels by Kirkland Rand Limited. 1927-1929:  Underground  workings  dewatered  and 2,890  feet  of  underground  development  by  Kirk land  Premier  Mines  Limited  before  operations ceased in June 1929.
1936-1938:  Shaft  dewatered  and  reconditioned, winze  from the  800-foot level to a depth df 1,436 feet  with  levels  at  1,175,  1,300  and  1,425  feet, 1,938 feet of underground development, and 11,658 feet  of  underground  diamond-drilling  by  Kirkland Gold Rand Limited.
1946-1947:  Mine  dewatered  to  the  800-foot level, 1,420  feet of  lateral  development on the 675- and 800-foot  levels,  and  51  underground diamond-drill holes  (5,582  feet)  by  Hudson-Rand  Gold  Mines Limited.
1951-1952:  Under  an  agreement with  Lake  Shore Mines  Limited,  a  crosscut  from  the  Lake  Shore 6,575-foot  level  was  driven  902  feet  into the property.


Year Gold Silver Ore Milled Recovered Grade
(ounces) (ounces) (tons) (ounce of Au per ton)
1922 483 143 6,496 0.07


ODM  1948,  Vol.57,  pt.5,  p.42-44 (Hudson-Rand Gold Mines Limited).
ODM 1964, MRC3, p.40,41.
Resident Geologist’s  Files,  Ontario Ministry of Na tural 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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