The Mt Flora Project consists of three contiguous tenements M39/1118, P39/5859 and P39/5860 covering an area of (12.82 sqkm) located approximately 48km NNE of Leonora in the Mt Morgan’s District of the Mt Margaret Mineral Field of WA.

Gold mining at Mt Flora dates back to the 1890’s but no hard rock mining has been conducted on the holding since the 1950’s. Numerous historic workings occur within or just outside the Mt Flora holding, including the shallow lateritic gold deposit the Lady Susan 3km to the east and the Spion Kop workings immediately to the south of M39/1118, which returned minable grades in excess of 1oz/t. Locally the Mt Flora syncline consists of poorly exposed lateritic ultramafic rocks, high-Mg (komatiitic) basalt and sediments with swarms of NE trending auriferous sulphidic quartz veins. In recent times numerous alluvial gold nugget patches (+40) have been discovered by metal detecting prospectors within the tenement group.

Regional geology covering the Mt Flora project comprises a suite of NNE trending greenstones positioned on the western limb of the Kilkenny Syncline in contact to the north with the large porphyritic magnetic Nambi Granite. The greenstones comprise a succession of tholeiitic mafic volcanics, high magnesian basalt, chert, ultramafic rocks and a variety of mafic intrusives, including mid-coarse gabbroic and dioritic rocks sometimes with large phenocrysts of altered feldspar, locally known as “Catrock”.

There has been minimal exploration drilling on the holding. The exception is M39/1118 where closely spaced RAB drilling by Sons of Gwalia (1988) at Target 2 in the centre of M39/1118 returned peak results of:

  • 22m @ 0.53 g/t Au (8-30m to EOH) including 4m @ 1.10 g/t Au – AR016
  • 4m @ 1.18 g/t Au (24-28m) – AR014 & 12m @ 0.19 g/t Au (8-20m) – AR010
  • 4m @ 0.35 g/t Au (16-20m) – AR019
Oblique cross section 4400E (local grid) Sons of Gwalia (1988) RAB drilling on M39/1118

The intersections have never been followed up and the area has only been tested at shallow depths (to 30m) presenting an immediate walk up drill target.

The greenstones have been tightly folded forming the NNE trending Mt Flora Syncline which is bounded by the similarly NE trending Federation, Lady Susan and Sligo Faults. The Mt Flora Project area is viewed as prospective for gold and numerous nugget patches are contained within the holding particularly on and around the Sligo Creek Fault on the western edge of M39/1118.

Anomalous rock chip samples have also been returned from reconnaissance exploration including a sample of vein quartz with galena from an old working (SW corner M39/1118) that returned a high-grade gold assay of 115.98g/t Au and 0.684% Pb (repeat 1.26% Pb) and nearby quartz vein sampling (SW end of M39/1118) that returned 3.93 g/t Au.

Selected target zones in this area display two primary characteristics, the intersection of the cross-cutting faults/shear zones and the generated Au geochemical gold-in-soil halos.

Several quartz vein swarms, at the same orientation and sub-parallel to the Sligo Creek and Federation Faults, are present within the fold limbs and extend throughout the holding. These NE and NNE orientated vein swarms and structures are a primary exploration targets.

Within the district countless gold workings occur within and just outside the company’s tenement holding, particularly to the east and south east. These include historic high-grade producers such as the Mt Flora, United Bore, Australia United, Lady Susan, Princess Iris and Abednego Hill mines. Furthermore, historic high-grade gold returns from the Spion Kop Mine, immediately south of M39/1118, a contiguous tenement, returned mined gold grades >1oz/t.

The Mt Flora Project covers numerous historical gold workings associated with vein quartz and the intersecting NNE Federation, Lady Susan and Sligo Faults and the WNW trending Randwick Fault, a substantial structure that continues east to Mt Morgan’s. Gold mineralisation is structurally controlled.

Although historical crushing and production records are somewhat unreliable the majority of the districts small workings are believed to have produced gold at high grades. The nearby eastern tenement group adjacent to M39/1118 covering the Australia United Mining Centre (discovered in 1894) returned recorded crushing results of 16,162t @ 48.5 g/t Au for a reported 738.9 kilograms (24,941.7 ozs) of gold (1897-1912). Most of the old mines in the area exploited rich but narrow quartz veining within a variety of rock types.

The presence of positive soil and sampling results combined with numerous historic old producers within the district confirm the gold prospectivity of the Mt Flora area. Exploration activities are on-going.

Geological, target and tenement plan , Mt Flora