Dawson Valley
Central Queensland, Australia
25°18'S   150°18'E

Cracow - [Darbyshire and Sayers, 1973]:
Grazing and gold mining town in central Queensland’s Dawson River catchment, about 350km NW of Brisbane. Cracow homestead is just south of the town. Cracow was part of the Dawson River cattle run in the late 1800s, and in 1875 three itinerant fossickers were permitted to work the Cracow area where they found indications of the [gold] ore, but were lured away by the rush at Ready Creek. In 1916 Aboriginal Johnny Nipps found a nugget six miles from the homestead. Prospector Charlie Lambert from the Charters Towers district investigated the find, opened the Warrego reef and found some promising ore. He discontinued to volunteer for service in World War I with the 1st Australian Imperial Forces and saw active service in France. Helped by a government prospecting sustenance scheme, Lambert returned to work the Warrego in 1931 with Bill Reynolds. They crushed £4,000 worth of gold from fifteen tons of ore, and called the reef “Surprise”. In seventeen years Cracow produced 275,000 ounces, a good yield for a small working.

The Golden Plateau Mine (25°17'S 150°17'E) was for many years the only significant gold producer in Queensland apart from the Mount Morgan operations. Operating continuously from 1931 to closure in 1976, the mine yielded 18.528 tonnes of gold and 20.993 tonnes of silver (average recovered grade 12g Au and 13g Ag per tonne, about 93% Au and 78% Ag of the feed).
On a dissected plateau about 1km NW of Lambert’s “Surprise”, the “Golden Plateau” was discovered by J.E. Mohr and G. Ryan by trenching below the largely eroded Mesozoic sandstone capping. The precious metals occur principally in altered trachytic-trachyandesitic lavas and tuffs of the Camboon Volcanics, exposed as a belt 5-8km wide on the southeastern flank of the Bowen Basin.

For a description of the Dawson Catchment, central Queensland, Australia.

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