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On 28 November 1923, John Elton Geary was appointed Royal Commissioner to investigate the affairs of the Empire Gold Mining Syndicate. The terms of the reference for the Royal Commission were to ascertain:
1) Who were the original members of the Syndicate?
2) The manner in which samples were taken and assays were made and who was responsible for declaring the assayed samples alleged to have been taken from the Syndicate's leases at Hancock's, Sandstone, to be worth from two ounces to seven ounces per ton, when in reality the stone from which they were taken proved to be worth only so many penny-weights.
3) Who was responsible for the publication in the newspapers of frequent reports of the discovery of high values in the leases held by the Empire Syndicate which values it was afterwards shown never existed.
The report of the Royal Commission was submitted on 18 March 1924.