The Mingela region is characterised by widespread shows of mineralisation, an occurrence shared with many mining districts that host major ore bodies, suggesting the geological setting is conducive for a major ore body to be present in the general area beyond those already discovered (i.e. rediscovered) such as the Mount Wright and the Welcome Discovery areas. The larger historical deposits found at or near the surface include:
- The Welcome Mine – produced 91,000g (6,737 oz) of gold in 3,658 tonnes of ore @ 25 g/t. North Queensland Resources estimate the mine has a current shallow pit resource of 250,000 tonnes @ 3.0 g/t gold.
- Grass Hut Mine (1887-1910) – produced 68,000g (2,397 oz) of gold in 2,014 tonnes of ore @ 33.76 g/t.
- New Caledonian Mine – produced 467,500g (16,500 oz) of gold at a grade of 30 g/t.
- Mount Sulphide Mine (1934-1940) – produced 1,860g (66oz) of gold with grades up to 29.06 g/t and 21,210g (748oz) of silver with grades up to 331.4 g/t.
- Althea/ Christian Kruck Mine – Gold Mines of Kalgoorlie estimates an indicated open-pit resource of 0.63m tonnes @ 3.1 g/t gold totalling approximately 2m grams (70,548oz) of gold.
- The City of Melbourne Mine – workings returned 56,700g (2,000 oz) of gold in 1,983 tonnes of ore @ 28.6 g/t.
- Kitty Cummings Mine – workings returned 4,650g (164oz) of gold in 340 tonnes of ore @ 13.68 g/t.
- King Solomon Mine – workings returned 2,737g (97oz) of gold in 45.7 tonnes of ore @59.9 g/t.
- Rose of Allandale No.1 SW Mine – workings returned 2,644g (93oz) of gold in 73.12 tonnes of ore @ 36.16 g/t.
Location & Infrastructure
The northern boundary of Wishbone II is located approximately 8km by road to the south east of Mingela, and is located some 80km, via the Flinders Highway, south of Townsville, Queensland. It is a further 24km to the southern boundary where it crosses the road. The Wishbone licences are accessed via the settlement of Mingela and the Burdekin Falls Dam Road.
The Mt. Isa-to-Townsville railway is approximately 8km north of Wishbone II and runs parallel to the Flinders Highway heading east to Townsville and west to Charters Towers, Cloncurry and Mt. Isa. This railroad carries mined ore and concentrates from the Mt. Isa Mines, and more recently from mines in the Cloncurry area to Townsville.
Extracts from CPR
“Based on the available reports and associated information we have concluded that the Wishbone II EPM is a high quality exploration target meriting serious attention by the WBG management.”
“There are numerous prospects on the subject property, so many that the first task would be to identify the most favourable prospects for more detailed examination.”
As a result of recent discoveries at the Welcome deposit (located 10km west of Wishbone II) and others to the north-west, combined with new information made available regarding the Mount Wright Mine (20km south of Wishbone II) and the Mount Leyshon Mine (60km southwest of Wishbone II), a renewed interest has developed in the trend along which the Company’s Wishbone licenses are located.
The area in and around Wishbone II, III, IV and IVI has been explored for decades, though many sites within the tenements remain underexplored and untested. In addition, exploration activity over the last 20 years was undertaken using standard techniques including surface reconnaissance, geological mapping, rock and soil sampling, various methods of aerial and ground geophysics, bedrock drilling and coring.
The Company commenced an exploration programme at Wishbone II, which included geochemical sampling and ground magnetic surveying, and highlighted the potential for gold and multi-element mineralisation at the Oaky Mill and Hanging Valley Prospects. Both prospects are associated with known gold-bearing structures; in Oaky Mill’s case, the structure is along a trend that runs northwest from the producing Mt. Wright gold mine to the south. The other is the NE Structure that trends toward the Blue Doe historical mining area. The next phase of exploration activity will look to further define Oaky Mill, Hanging Valley and the NE Structure for the purpose of establishing potential drilling targets.
Recent News & Information on Project
|New Tenement Granted in Highly Endowed Gold/Copper District||August 12, 2021||News||news|
|Wishbone Gold at Shares Spotlight||June 24, 2021||Media, News||media news|
|Dr Simon Beams Presentation on Halo Gold Project||June 17, 2021||News||news|
|Dr Simon Beams Presentation at AusIMM Conference||May 27, 2021||Presentations||presentations|
|Dr. Simon Beams to Present Wishbone’s Halo Project||May 26, 2021||News||news|
|New Tenement Application – Queensland, Australia||December 1, 2020||News||news|
|Drilling approved for Wishbone’s High-Grade Australian Gold Assets||September 7, 2020||News||news|
|Gold Exploration to Commence on Australian High-Grade Targets||August 19, 2020||News||news|
|Valuation Report on Wishbone Properties in Australia||April 16, 2019||Exploration-Reports||exploration-reports|
|Annual Report EPM 19696 Wishbone IV||September 29, 2017||Exploration-Reports||exploration-reports|
|Annual Report EPM 19396 Wishbone II||April 1, 2017||Exploration-Reports||exploration-reports|
|Annual Report EPM 19633 Wishbone III||March 1, 2017||Exploration-Reports||exploration-reports|
|Results of Recent Exploration||November 1, 2015||Exploration-Reports||exploration-reports|
|Annual Report EPM 19696 Wishbone IV||November 1, 2015||Exploration-Reports||exploration-reports|
|Positive Exploration Update on Wishbone II Project||October 25, 2013||News||news|
|Positive Exploration Update on Second Prospect on Wishbone II Project||July 29, 2013||News||news|
|Positive Exploration Update on Hanging Valley Prospect, Wishbone II Project||July 17, 2013||News||news|
|Positive Update on Wishbone II and White Mountain Gold Projects||September 24, 2012||News||news|
|Wishbone Gold Plc Granted Two Highly Prospective Gold Licences in NE Queensland||September 17, 2012||News||news|
|Rationale EPM 19396 Wishbone II||November 1, 2009||Exploration-Reports||exploration-reports|
|Rationale EPM 19396 Wishbone II||March 1, 2009||Exploration-Reports||exploration-reports|
|Wishbone Projects Geological Map||March 1, 2009||Exploration-Reports||exploration-reports|