Brisbane City/ Gold Mines Part 2

News of a gold discovery reached Brisbane in June 1902. The discovery happened in Coopers Plains, about 12km south of Brisbane. The Government Geologist made a brief inspection of the area. The gold occurring in a conglomerate of sandstone and ironstone, which lay in an outcrop 50 metres wide, and 100 metres long.

map#8 Coopers Plains/ map#9 Dennis’selection

Dennis’selection is located about 8.3km north of Beenleigh. Mr. Dennis opened up a vein containing oxides of iron and manganese, about 30% of each, plus a little gold. He also drove a tunnel into a hill from a gully that runs through the selection and a small amount of gold was found in a quartz veinlet.

On 17th September 1925, the Government Geologist was called to inspect a block of land in East Brisbane. Two miners had dug a hole 5 metres deep, largely on the advice of a diviner. Having notified the government of the discovery of gold, the geologist reported that below a metre of clayey soil, finely laminated schist, was found. A few very small quartz veins were passing through this rock. Location- corner of Graham and Sinclair streets.

map#10 East Brisbane/ map#11 Mount Petrie























On 21st December 1925, Mr. Ball government geologist, was taken to see a reported discovery of oil on portion 305, Tingalpa. The oil proved to be films of oxide of iron or spring waters coming from or flowing over ferrated schists. However, the glossy nature of certain bands of this rock attracted Mr. Ball’s attention and several samples analysed returned no gold, but 11 grams of silver per tonne. No mining took place.

Extracted from “Gold and Ghosts”.

Moggill- 1931. Fine gold was found in a gully on portion 284. Over the next five years, six shafts were sunk without apparent success.

Mount Cotton- 1932. Rumours were rife in Brisbane that parties of prospectors were combing the Mt. Cotton area. Reports of gold from dollying and panning, with yields of 10.8 grams per tonne, although other samples were barren.

Rocklea-Alluvial gold was discovered near Grime’s Paddock, on Ipswich Road. Said to be in alluvial deposits, of quartz and ironstone. The find appears to have left no further report.

Keep looking!




About ivoradventures

Lives Brisbane north. Age 47. Male. Interests-heaps of stuff. Camping, fishing, and gold panning, keeps me quite busy. I still find time to cook,and spend time family and friends. I truly enjoy my daughters company(Shannon), but don't see enough of her since she moved out. There is a certain type of beauty that exists only in the wild places, and it calls to you. Go and explore! And drag someone with you.
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