Mt Bute Prospect
1889 is the earliest record of gold at Mt Bute. The area was rich in alluvial gold, soon after hard rock mineralization was discovered.
Four Reefs have been recorded in the project area, The Linton, Yankee, Eagle and Lucky Woman Reefs. Reports are rare in this area and production figures for these early attempts at mine have been lost.
In the 1940’s after a period of closure, the Corbett’s Freehold Mine reopened and was renamed the Linton Gold Mine. The miners reached a depth of about 60m, intersecting the Linton reef on three separate levels. The mine was short lived, but over its life produced 4142oz.
Gold wasn’t the only commodity mined near Mt Bute, in 1869 Tungsten, Bismuth and Copper were reported in veined outcrops.
Most notably Bass and Watson mined Wolfram, Bismuth, Copper and Gold in 1917 at two claims named The Superb Copper Syndicate and the Bass and Watson Mine.
Figure 1. Linton Mine 1940