AU 4
1985 - Augusta Gold Mines Ltd.
P.O. Box 57
Winnipeg, MB R2C 2Z3
Tel: 257-3365
50 58.33’
95 37.11’
Uncertainty (m)
50 m
UTM Zone
L.S./Quarter Section
14 EPM
The deposit, developed by the Gold Pan shaft, is situated within numerous lenticular quartz bodies located at the intersection of a diabase dyke and a shear zone. The dyke and shear zone cut across Precambrian porphyritic dacite and trachyte breccia of the Rice Lake Series.
The dyke is 9.2 m wide, 183 m long, and strikes 015. The shear zone, averaging 1.5 m in width, is 915 m long and strikes 330 vertical. At the intersection, the diabase dyke shows a tendency to follow along the shear. Minor wall rock alteration is present.
The numerous lenticular quartz bodies follow the shear. Large patches and cubes of gold were found concentrated against the south wall of the diabase.
Pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and galena are also present (Davies, 1953).
The deposit is located 4.0 km southeast of Rice Lake, 4.0 km north of Quensel Lake, and 1.8 km east of a road which branches southeastward from Provincial Road No. 30.
Gold Pan M.C. 20753 and Gold Seal M.C. 21051 were staked over the deposit in 1914 by Angus Mcdonald and John Wood, respectively. The latter claim was assigned to Angus McDonald later in 1914.
Shafts were sunk on both Gold Pan and Gold Seal M.C. and a mill was built on the Gold Pan. Both claims were assigned to Thomas B.A. Price in 1916. Dresser (1917) reported that high grade ore was reached in these shafts prior to their closing in May 1916.
The claims were assigned to Gold Pan Mines, Limited in July, 1917 and this company took $1400 worth of ore from one or both of the shafts. Up until July 1920 most of the work was centered on the Gold Pan shaft which was sunk to 58\m. A winze was later sunk an additional 13 m. A total of 149 m of drifting was done. According to DeLury (1921) the rich showings that were found in the sinking of the shaft were gutted, though free gold was seen at several points in the underground workings.
In July, 1920 Gold Pan Mines Limited reopened the 16 m deep Gold Seal shaft. A 4 m cross-cut at the bottom of the shaft gave access to the vein, along which a total of about 24 m of drifting was done.
Lease No. 54 was issued for 21 years on Gold Seal M.C. and a patent was issued on Gold Pan M.C. in 1920. Canadian Mining and Leasing Corporation Limited apparently obtained a 10 year lease on both claims in 1921. According to Cooke (1922) this company worked the gold Pan M.C. on a small scale, and at a moderate profit. The deposit is confined to a single face of the dyke 7.6 to 9.1 m in length. The orebody is an almost vertical pipe.
In 1922 the Canadian Mining and Leasing Corporation, Limited sublet the property to The Lake Superior Metals Company Limited. In September (1922) the Gold Pan workings were pumped out prior to stopping the remainder of the rich ore between the 31 and 61 m levels (Wright, 1932). During 1923 and 1924 a total of 840 grams (27 ozs.) of gold were produced from the property. Work ceased in 1924 with a 61 m shaft and a 23 m winze having been completed. Levels were cut at 42, 60, and 138 m. Drifts were driven 17 m S and 12 m north of the shaft on the 42 m level, and 92 m south and 20 m north on the 60 m level (Davies, 1953).
The lease on Gold Seal M.C. was renewed in 1941.
Gold Pan M.C. and Gold Seal M.C. were assigned to Pan Preference Mines, Limited in 1945 and the next year an option was given to Gold Pan Mines (1945) Limited. The underground workings of the Gold Pan shaft were completely dewatered, and all accessible workings were surveyed, sampled, and geologically mapped. A total of 3058 m of drilling was done in 36 holes during 1946-47. In two separate reports W.R. Newman and C.A. Campbell recommended against further drilling or underground development of the Gold Pan shaft. Both concluded that the cost of underground exploration and mining would undoubtedly exceed any possible returns obtained from the extractions of rich pockets of gold that may exist (Manitoba Mines Branch a).
The property was assigned to S.J. Drache, Attorney for Gold Pan Mines (1945) Limited in 1947. Gold Seal M.C. was cancelled in 1962 and immediately restaked as Pop No. 16 (W35424) by C.J. Cryderman. A few months later the claim was assigned to S. Taylor of Lode Mines Limited. This claim was cancelled in 1964.
In 1971 Gold Pan M.C. was cancelled and shortly after M. Jenkins staked a new Gold Pan M.C. W43557 over portions of the former Gold Pan M.C. and gold Seal M.C. This new Gold Pan M.C. was cancelled in 1973, but was restaked by J.A. Syme as Assin No. 15 W44729. Claim W44729 lapsed in 1977, however J.A. Syme restaked the property in 1978 as MEL W46040. Syme negotiated an unofficial joint venture with Corporate Oil and Gas Ltd, Seaforth Mines Ltd., Onaping Mines Ltd and Musto Explorations Ltd. A drilling program was undertaken in August 1980 and three shallow holes drilled. In 1982 ownership of the claim was transferred to Augusta Gold Mines Limited.
There has not been any exploration activity on the claim since 1982.
Year kg (oz.) Gold
1919 3.51 (113)
1921 3.14 (101)
1923 0.72 ( 23)
1924 0.12 ( 4)
Cooke, H.C., 1922: Geology and Mineral Resources of Rice Lake and Oiseau River Areas, Manitoba; Geological Survey of Canada, Summary Report, 1921, Part C, p. 33.
Davies, J,F., 1953: Geology and Gold Deposits of Southern Rice Lake Area; Manitoba Mines Branch, Publication 52-1, p. 38-40.
1963: Geology and Gold Deposits of the Rice Lake-Wanipigow River Area Manitoba; University of Toronto, Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, p. 117.
DeLury, J.S., 1921: Mineral Prospects in Southeastern Manitoba; Manitoba Bulletin, p. 22, 23; Commissioner of Northern Manitoba.
1927: The Mineral Resources of Southeastern Manitoba; Industrial Development Board of Manitoba, p. 26,27.
Dresser, J.A., 1917: Gold Bearing District of Southeastern Manitoba, Geological Survey of Canada, Summary Report 1916.
Manitoba Mines Branch:
a. Annual Report on Mines and Minerals; 15th - p. 46,47,73; 19th - p. 56; 20th, p. 68.
b. Corporation Files; Gold Pan Mines Limited, Pan Preference Mines Limited, Gold Pan Mines (1945) Limited.
Marshall, J.R., 1917: Gold-Bearing District of Southeastern Manitoba, Manitoba Mines Branch, Summary Report, Part D, p. 21.
Mineral Development Sector, 1945: Ottawa: Corporation Files; Gold Pan Mines, Limited; Gold Pan Mines Limited.
Mines Branch, 1923: Ottawa, Investigations in Ore Dressing and Metallurgy in Summer Report for 1921, p. 186-191.
Stephenson, J.F., 1972: Gold Deposits of the Rice Lake-Beresford Lake Area, Southeastern Manitoba; University of Manitoba, Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, p. 237.
Stockwell, C.H., 1945: Rice Lake (Marginal Notes); Geological Survey of Canada.
Theyer, P., 1983: Geology of Gold Deposits in the Bissett/Wallace Lake Portion of the Rice Lake Greenstone Belt, in Department of Energy and Mines, Mineral Resources Division, Report of Field Activities 1983, Report 17, p 101-109.
Theyer, P., 1984: Mineral Deposit Investigations in the Rice Lake Greenstone Belt, in Manitoba Department of Energy and Mines, Mineral Resources Division, Report of Field Activities 1984, GS-24, p 87-90.
Wright, J.F., 1932: Geology and Mineral Deposits of a Part of Southeastern Manitoba; Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 169, p. 78.
Map 52L/13E, Manigotagan Lake (Topographic), Scale 1:50\000, Surveys and Mapping Branch, Ottawa.
Map 4072G, Manigotagan Lake (Aeromagnetic), Scale 1:63\360, Manitoba Mines Branch and Geological Survey of Canada.
Map 195A, Beresford and Rice Lake Area (Geology), Scale 1:63\360 - Accompanying Memoir by Wright (1932), Geological Survey of Canada.
Map 810A, Rice Lake (Geology), Scale 1:63\360 - Accompanying marginal notes by Stockwell (1945), Geological Survey of Canada.
Map 52-1, Geology of Southern Rice Lake Area (Geology), Scale 1:9600 - Accompanying report by Davies (1953), Manitoba Mines Branch.
Map (Unpublished), Gold Pan M.C., 20753, Lot 18, Group 174, (Survey), Scale 1:2400, Mining Recording Manitoba Mines Branch.
Map (Unpublished), Gold Seal M.C., 21051, Lot 19, Group 174, (Survey), Scale 1:2400, Mining Recording, Manitoba Mines Branch.
Claim Map Series 52 L/13NE, Scale 1:31\680, circa 1962, Mines Recording, Manitoba Mines Branch.
About 92 m north of the Gold Pan shaft another shaft was sunk on Gold Pan Frac. (21059) in 1916. This 12 m shaft, later deepened to 37 m, is on the same vein as the Gold Pan and Gold Seal shafts. Pan Extension Gold Mines Company, Limited did most of the work and it was reported that several shipments of ore were made to Trail, B.C. The ore was removed from a drift on the 37 m level at a distance of 15 m from the shaft. Several assays of the ore were made by the Ore Dressing and Metallurgical Laboratories, Ottawa.

Jan. 18, 1921 - two small samples
Sample 1 21.9 g/tonne(0.64 oz/ton) gold
Sample 2 56.6 g/tonne(1.65 oz/ton) gold
May 27, 1921 - 952 kg in 27 sacks
Lower grade lot (26 sacks) 0.60% copper 81.9 g/tonne(2.39 oz/ton) gold
Higher grade lot (1 sack) 0.70% Cu copper 514.6 g/tonne(15.01 oz/ton)
Compiled/Revised by:
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