State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department for Culture and the Arts.

AU WA A241 - BAMBOO CREEK STATE BATTERY

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Sub-Department

Authorized form of name

BAMBOO CREEK STATE BATTERY

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A241

Description area

Dates of existence

1913-01-01 - 1962-01-01

History

Situated north of Marble Bar, Bamboo Creek State Battery was Western Australia's most northerly battery. There were other batteries nearby at Marble Bar (still operating in 1991) and Nullagine (dismantled). It is likely that when the Bamboo Creek battery was dismantled in 1962 the component parts were transferred to other batteries, particularly the one at Marble Bar. There have been 50 such batteries in Western Australia and over the years they have made an important contribution to the State's gold mining industry. The first battery was established at Norseman in 1898 and from then until 1987 they were under the jurisdiction of the Department of Mines. When responsibility for them was transferred to the Perth Mint in 1987 there were 13 still in operation. Many of these have been sold to prospectors with deposits nearby and they continue to receive ore intermittently. Some have been retained for heritage purposes. At Bamboo Creek State Battery 58,240 tonnes of ore were crushed and processed and gold recovered by a process of amalgamation. The tailings have enough gold to justify treatment by cyanidation.

(Information provided by Mr Dean Giles of Gold Corp, formerly W.A. Mint).

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Related entity

AU WA A16 - DEPARTMENT OF MINES (1894-01-01 - 1992-07-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A16

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1913-01-01 - 1962-01-01

Description of relationship

Related function

Related unit of description

Series S429 - CRUSHING REGISTERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1913-01-01 - 1962-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S430 - RETURNS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1913-01-01 - 1962-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S431 - ORDERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1913-01-01 - 1962-12-31

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Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

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Archivist's notes