|Years of Operation:||1936 – 1938, 1940 – 1942|
|Ounces of Gold Produced:||16,999|
Morris Kirkland Mine (Past Producer)
MAIN METALS: Au, Ag
Approximately 5 miles east of Kirkland Lake, y* mile southeast of Mud Lake, in east-central Lebel Township. Shafts Nos.1 and 2 in claim L7479. Latitude 48.150, Longitude 79.920 . Map reference: ODM 53a, Township of Lebel.
The entire property is underlain by Timis kaming metavolcanics and metasediments (grey wacke, tuff breccia, agglomerate, and massive and porphyritic trachyte) which are intruded by small bodies of Algoman porphyry. The ore is associated with a fault zone called the “Main break” which strikes approximately N300E and dips vertically in trachytic flow rocks. The ore zone is terminated to the northeast by a fault and has been traced to the southwest for 750 feet. It consists mainly of sulphides, with pyrite being most common; quartz was relatively rare.
The average grade of ore from the upper levels was 0.16 ounce of Au per ton; ore from the lower levels averaged 0.12 ounce of Au per ton.
Federal Trading and Regency Company Limited.
Circa 1922: No.1 Shaft to 100 feet and 30 feet of underground development by Wood Kirkland Gold Mines Limited.
1923: Trenching by Tonapah Mining Company.
1929-1934: No.2 Shaft to 768 feet and 4,356 feet of lateral development on levels at 125-foot intervals by Kirkland Gold Belt Mines Limited.
1935-1941: No .2 Shaft deepened to 1,651 feet, 18,133 feet of underground development concen trated on the 125-, 750- and 1,250-foot levels and more than 200 underground diamond-drill holes by Morris Kirkland Gold Mines Limited. A 100-ton mill processed ore during the period 1936-1938. Mill then leased to Upper Canada Mines Limited while underground development continued. Milling of Morris Kirkland ore re sumed during the period 1940-1942.
Circa 1948: Custom milling of ore from small mines in the Kirkland Lake camp was tried with out success.
ODM 1923, Vol.32, pt.4, p.75 (Wood- Kirk land).
ODM 1928, Vol.37, pt.2, p.158 (Kirkland Gold Belt Mining Company).
ODM 1936, Vol.45, pt.1,p.141.
ODM 1942, Vol.51, pt.1 f p.162.
ODM 1964, MRC3, p.56.
Resident Geologist’s Files, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Kirkland Lake:
Lebel Township, Hogg (1950).
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.