Cullingarai

Porphyry copper (Cu-Au) deposit in New South Wales, Australia

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 4050
Tract name Macquarie (009pCu8002)
Group name Temora Central Group
Included sites Group includes Cullingarai, Estoril, and Mandamah deposits and Chicane, Homer, and Monza prospects.
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Australia
State or province New South Wales
Geographic location 147.394058, -34.211254
Geologic map unit 147.394058, -34.211254
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Deposit subtype Cu-Au
Age (Ma) 436.4Ma
Age determination method Inferred from U-Pb zircon age of intrusion at Gidginbung
Age range 436.4 ±3.1 Ma
Age reference Lawrie and others (2007)
Minerals albite, actinolite, biotite, carbonate, chalcopyrite, chlorite, epidote, hematite, K-feldspar, magnetite, pyrite, sericite
Associated rocks mafic to intermediate volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks of the Ordovician Narragudgil, Gidginbung, and Temora Volcanics, diorite to monzodiorite stocks, plugs, and dikes
Tectonic setting island arc
Stratigraphic age Early Silurian

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Au
Tonnage (Mt) 9Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.28%
Mo grade (%) 0.0018%
Au grade (g/t) 0.37g/t
Contained copper 24,000t
Gold-Moly ratio 200

Reference information

Comments Location, tonnage and grade of inferred resource from Mowat (2007) and Goldminco Corp. (2008). Porphyry Cu-Au mineralization related to porphyritic monzodioritic stocks, plugs and dikes. Locally overprinted by albite-sericite-pyrite assemblage associated with Devonian orogenic gold veins.
Study area name Australia
References Cooke and others (2007); Lawrie and others (2007); Mowat (2007); Goldminco Corp. (2008); Perkins and others (1995)
Site reference Bookstrom and others (2014)
Cooke, D.R., Wilson, A.J., House, M.J., Wolfe, R.C., Walshe, J.L., Lickfold, Vanessa., and Crawford, A.J., 2007, Alkalic porphyry Au-Cu and associated mineral deposits of the Ordovician to Early Silurian Macquarie arc, New South Wales: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 54, p. 445–463. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08120090601146771.)Goldminco Corp., 2008, Goldminco acquires ground along strike from the Dam porphyry copper-gold deposit, at its 100% owned Temora project: Goldminco Corp. press release, 2008, 1 p., accessed October 2010, at http://www.goldminco.com/images/stories/newsrelease/2008/Goldminco_acquires_ground_along_strike_from_the%20_DAM_Porphyry_Coopper-Gold_Deposit,_at_its_100_owned_Temora_Project_%2120080229.pdf. (Accessed September 3, 2013, at http://www.stockhouse.com/companies/bullboard/delisted/delisted-companies?postid=14585106.)Lawrie, K.C., Mernagh, T.P., Ryan, C.G., van Achterbergh, E., and Black, L.P., 2007, Chemical fingerprinting of hydrothermal zircons—An example from the Gidginbung high sulphidation Au-Ag-(Cu) deposit, New South Wales, Australia: Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, v. 118, p. 37–46. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0016-7878(07)80045-9.)Mowat, Bruce, 2007, Characteristics of porphyry copper-gold mineralization in the Gidginbung Volcanics, in Mines and Wines Symposium—Mineral Exploration in the Tasmanides, Orange, New South Wales, September 20–21, 2007, Proceedings: Sydney Mineral Exploration Discussion Group presentation, 24 p., and AIG Bulletin 46, p. 107–112, accessed September 3, 2013, at http://smedg.org.au/M&W07/Bruce%20Mowat%20-%20Gidginbung%20Volcanics%20porphyry%20Cu-Au.pdf.Perkins, Caroline, Walshe, J.L., and Morrison, Gregg, 1995, Metallogenic episodes of the Tasman fold belt system, eastern Australia: Economic Geology, v. 90, p. 1443–1466. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gsecongeo.90.6.1443.)