Pilbara Gold Rush – What just nearly happened?

The AusIMM Central Vic Branch invites you to attend this free GPIC event in Ballarat on Thursday 21 February, with Chief Geologist of Kirkland Lake Gold, Wessley Edgar.

Date: Thursday 21 February

Time: 7.00pm

The Mallow Hotel
20 Skipton Street
Ballarat VIC 3350

Cost: This is a free event. Cash bar. Meals available.

This event is brought to you by Ballarat Geology, a part of GPIC (Geology Professional Interest Committee), a collaborative platform for AusIMM and AIG.

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Through Kirkland Lake Gold’s investments into gold explorers in the Pilbara Wess undertook a number of field visits during a period of somewhat unprecedented worldwide interest in the gold potential of the province and has offered to share these experiences with Ballarat GPIC. From comparison with the Witwatersrand gold deposits, marketing of gold nuggets and prospector riches, and the chase to understand what the geology results mean for evaluating the large scale gold potential of the Pilbara – Wess can present a very pictorial storyline, and geological insight, of the rush which hasn’t lived up to the inflamed attention it first received.

Wessley Edgar, MSc (Mineral Economics) BSc (Geology, Hons), MAusIMM, M SEG and local CV Branch AusIMM committee member since 2006,
has worked in mining or exploration geology roles across Australia during the past 28 years at sites such as Henty, Paddington, Pine Creek, Renison and exploration successes at Raleigh near Kundana, Magellan lead deposit at Wiluna and the purchase & resumption of mining at the Ballarat Gold Mine. Wess is currently Chief Geologist with Kirkland Lake Gold with focus on its exploration & mining programs at Fosterville and in the Northern Territory where expectations are that mining will resume soon.

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