Main Lode to be awakened

A MINE that was abandoned at the start of World War One,when miners swapped their picks for rifles, will be given a new lease of life by Barra Resources as part of its updated gold strategy.

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Some of the miners at the Main Lode before it was closed prior to WW1.

The Main Lode underground mine is part of Barra's Burbanks gold project near Coolgardie in Western Australia's Goldfields region.

The historical Main Lode mine produced 85,900 ounces of gold between 1885 and 1914, from a depth up to 240m below surface level.

Then WW1 began and the miners marched off to war.

Snce 1885, Main Lode has produced more than 420,000oz.

At the time the mine was abandoned, work was focused on level 7, while level 8, at 275m, was developed but never mined.

Between 1946 and 1951 Western Mining Corporation had a look at level 8, with extensive strike drive sampling that yielded a pay-run of 160m at 16.1 grams per tonne gold, at an average width of 400mm.

Barra plans to target Main Lode, firstly with a 4000m reverse ...