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  • The material submitted for examination came from 35 bores which were drilled in the Adelaide Plains during 1945 and 1946. For comparative purposes, material has also been examined from several bores previously drilled in the area. The bores were sunk for water and the area drilled extended from Bore No. 69 at Royal Park northwest of Adelaide, to Nathan Brewery Bore on the Torrens River. The bores range in depth from 160 to 620 feet. This report comprises descriptions of stratigraphic sequence, fossil fauna, and the structure of the Adelaide Basin, with reference to the material examined. Two accompanying plans are included.

  • The report is the result of a five weeks survey of radio-active occurrences in the Marble Bar District. The principal deposits of alluvial monazite were checked and two new radio-active occurrences in granitic rocks were reported. Accompanying plans of the Marble Bar and Wodgina areas are included.

  • An area of about 190 acres lying within the boundaries of Allotment 26D, Budgeree, County of Buln Buln was taken up for prospecting purposes on 21st May, 1947. The topography, general geology of the area, and the occurrence, volume and grade of the bauxite bodies, are discussed in this report. Three accompanying plans are included.

  • Bauxite deposits in the vicinity of Gelliondale were investigated. The report comprises notes on the locality, geology, volume, and nature of the bauxite deposits.

  • Bauxite deposits on Rosedale, Meadowbank and Riccarton Estates at Campbell Town were tested by shaft-sinking and boring during November and December 1946. Earlier than this the Tasmanian Mines Department had sunk a number of shafts on the deposits, mainly at widely spaced intervals. The work undertaken chiefly consisted of testing between the shafts sunk by the Mines Department so that the interval between the points tested was reduced to 200 feet or less. A few of the old shafts were cleaned out and resampled. The results of the tests at each estate are discussed in this report.

  • Approximately fifteen shafts were sunk near the eastern end of the Portion to depths of about 30 feet or more. The shafts were sunk from positions along the boundaries of a right-angled triangle with the east-west zero line for base, the 200E meridian for perpendicular, and the hypotenuse formed by the diagonal from 00/600W to 800N/200E. Two or three shafts have been sunk outside the triangle and none near the centre. This work has served to test thoroughly an area of not less than 400,000 square feet, equivalent to about 25,000 tons per vertical foot. The results of the work to date are discussed in this report.

  • Overview of staff involvement and general, field and laboratory work carried out during the month of August, 1947.

  • Overview of general work, sampling, mapping and levelling, drafting, and laboratory work carried out during the month of September, 1947.

  • Shortly after I took up the appointment of Mineral Economist, the high quality of the mica from the Harts Range came to my notice. Accordingly, I paid a visit to Harts Range between the 22nd September and 4th October. In judging the possibilities of developing the mica deposits of the Harts Range, the difficulty is the almost complete lack of reliable detailed mining data in the past - production data for the later war years only are available. However, by comparing the degree of areal concentration of the pegmatites, the type of deposits and the quality and sizes of the mica so far produced with those in India, a reasonable picture can be obtained of comparative possibilities. The method of approach throughout this report, therefore, will be comparison of the Harts Range with India mica. This report gives an account of the present state of the Australian mica industry, including descriptions of current trade terms, the grading and classification of mica, and the Harts Range Mica Belt deposits. Suggestions and recommendations for the development of the industry are discussed.

  • Overview of staff involvement and the general tasks, field work, and drafting carried out during November, 1947.