Kingsgate Mines

Useful Information

Location: Red Range. 32km east of Glen Innes on the Red Range Road.
Open: All year daily. [2004]
Fee: Adults AUD 5. [2004]
Classification: bismuth and molybdenum mine.
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Address: Kingsgate Mines, Red Range Road, Red Range, New South Wales, 2370.
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The Kingsgate Mines were originally worked for bismuth in the late 1800s. Around 1900 they became Australia's principal source of molybdenum. During World War II the mines provided limited amounts of piezoelectric quartz for the radio industry.

There over 60 separate workings scattered over a rather small area, mining an unusual quartz pipe deposit. Some of the world's finest specimens of molybdenite, bismuthred, bismuthinite and quartz were found here. Still these and other minerals can be found in the old workings. Execptional cabinet and micromount material are found here.