Gold was first discovered on the property in 1930, which soon resulted in the establishment of the Ashley Gold Mining Corporation, Limited. The whole entire property was rather first discovered by a well known prospector who acted as a director for other mining sydicates, and firms. His very own gold discovery was rather considered to also contain a good percentage of Silver content that was associated with this property. With good indications of Silver and Gold it was now being optioned to the Mining Corporation of Canada, Limited. For the most part this company also operated other silver mining projects in Cobalt, and South Lorraine, Ontario, Canada. It was at this time period when the company had decided to commence development planning on the historical Ashley Gold Mine Project. Before the Ashley Mine had went into gold production it was also additionally first started as a silver mine production with the gold content going to the mine owners.
As development had taken place it soon resulted in very good ore grades to bring this production into operation as quickly as possible. This also resulted in the erection of a 150 tonne milling facility that was delivered to the property, and expected to be in production by the end of that year. In general being this development had also resulted in the building of a roadway into this property. There was also a contract made with the Northern Ontario Power Company to provide, and develop a power transmission line with a transformer station. Almost all of this contract work was rather scheduled to be completely finish by March, 1st, which will allow several more machines to operate. Further planning was being aimed to bring this historical mine production into operation by 1932.
It was also within this time period when the property owned by the Ashley Gold Mining Corporation, Limited was under extensive development. Almost all development was aimed at constructing a 48 mile snow road from Elk Lake, Ontario, to the mine site. With the road constructed the company was able to haul in the much needed mining equipment, and supplies into the mine site on February, and was completed in March. Other development that took place was the installation of the necessary steam compressor plant with a 5 drill capacity, and a camp to accommodate 85 miners. As the mine continued to rapidly become developed it was now undergoing more expansion phases. It was rather at this time period when the company decided to sink a three compartment shaft on the footwall of the Ashley Vein in March of that year. This whole entire major development soon resulted in sinking the three compartment shaft to a depth of 500 feet below the surface. Mean while the company also completed 1,200 feet of crosscutting, and drifting on the four levels within this time period. In addition to this it was stated by the company that development of the four levels had claimed to be very satisfactory. More so the company also had reported that the lack of time prevented them for completing more lateral development in 1931. For the most part diamond drilling could not be indicated for a distance of 360 feet on all four of these levels. Diamond drilling on the Ashley Vein has however proven a continuation of 1,200 feet to the north, and south ends, and contains commercial grade gold values. Even development within this time period had confirmed the diamond drill result in the same horizons as to width, and assay. Power at the time was not delivered to this facility in March as it was delayed do to bad weather conditions prior to winter. Once this becomes completed it will allow for additional electrically driven compressor that will provide the power source to operate 10 to 12 underground drills.
The ore from the Ashley Mine was rather stated to have also been easily treated with straight cyanidation, and low chemical consumption. In addition to this the 150 tonne cyanide mill was officially completed by the end of that year following good results from the Ashley Mine at depth. Almost all of this work was officially approved by the directors in January, 1932, with the order of the much need equipment to be delivered. Further plans were aimed to start construction in the spring with the mill being fully operation by the end of that year.
Musher Group - Some explorations also continued outside of the Ashley Gold Mine Property but proved to have inconclusive results.
McGill Gold Mines, Limited
Another option was taken on a group of 19 claims that was located three miles northwest of the Ashley Mine. A major diamond drilling, and trenching phase was carried out by the historical McGill Gold Mines, Limited. For the most part this was done within distance to a rich gold bearing float in order to uncover the vein it had originated from. With this taking place the company was able to uncover two quartz vein but was uncertain that this was from the original float.
1932 - Mining Corporation of Canada, Limited option Ashley Gold mine - Owned by Ashley Gold Mining Corporation, Limited. Change to gold mining. Ore that was milled in 1932 had amounted to 6,805 tonnes, which recovered 2,960 ounces of gold (Au), and 388 ounces of Silver (Ag).
It was at this time period when gold production at the Ashley Mine had officially stop the production of Silver Mining by the corporation. As development continued to take place the company had expanded this operation far more when the three compartment shaft was completed to a depth of 570 feet below the shaft collar. Other major development within that time period had also resulted in the development of waste passes put through between the three bottom levels at 250, 375, and 500 foot levels. Company officials from the corporation had also stated that drifting on all the levels was rather very satisfactory. In several cases this development resulted in the shipment of the much needed equipment to build the 150 tonne cyanide mill. The whole entire construction of the milling facility was commenced in May, and was completed in August, with Gold production starting in September, 1932. With the mine continuing to expand the company had now obtained the much need electrical power source to speed up development, and the preparation of stopes. Other major construction within that year had officially built a roadway suitable for motor traffic, which was constructed by the Ontario Government. Far more explorations, and development had also proven that the Ashley Vein was a narrow but high-grade vein that had so far been indicated to a depth of 500 feet. Gold Values within this vein area were rather considered to have average $15.00 over a width of 30 inches. Other statements from the company suggested that the 4th or 500 foot level was rather considered to show consistent ore conditions. Much of the ore on the latter level is considered to be one continuous ore shoot that travels for a length of 950 feet.
Much of the formation to the North of the Ashley Vein is considered to intersect a east-west granite porphyry dike. A small amount of drifting was reported to have continued a short distance beyond this dike, which resulted in low grade mill ore. Further diamond drilling within this granite porphyry dike had soon resulted in more commercial grade ore that was indicated at several hundred feet from the present face. Other statements stated that south section of this mine had indicated an east-west fault that displace the Ashley Vein for more than 85 feet to the west. For the most part it strongly stated that the southern extension to the Ashley vein had shown a narrower but fair grade vein system. There is also another vein that's parallel to the Ashley Vein, and lies 280 feet to the west and was uncovered by diamond drilling. The whole entire ground is rather considered to be much broken by minor faulting but shows better grade than the Ashley Vein over a 30 inch width. Even more development occurred when the company decided to sink a winze shaft (No.1) on the 400 foot level of the Ashley Vein. In general being this winze was considered to have been collared at a distance of 350 feet south of the shaft, and had reach a depth of 125 feet. For the most part it was planned for the use of future stoping operations before it proved normal vein condition to continue for the full length attained. Another vertical winze was also sunk on the 500 foot level, and had reach its own depth of 200 feet. This development also resulted in developing two new levels on the mines 625 and 750 foot levels on the inclination of the vein. Crosscut section within these two newly constructed levels were reported to have shown faulted conditions in their vicinity. For the most part this area is considered to be local, and coincides in a general way with similar limited section on the levels above. All development of the Ashley vein was considered to have also supplied a mill feed for one full year of production that was done at a rate of 75 tonnes daily. More so much of this mill feed was reported to have been taken above the 500 foot level of the Ashley Vein. Ore reserves had also slightly increased by the end of that year, and predictions had also stated that the mine could have a life of two more years above the 750 foot level. Other statements had also stated that the newly discovered west vein would also add to this production as development proceeded.
For the most part the actual gold production for that year was considered to have not been indicative of normal condition, as the tonnage was very low while the mill was being tuned up. Even much of the concentration of gold in the mill circuit was considered to be quite high that corresponded to that of a 150 tonne milling facility, but only had a daily production rate of 75 tonnes. The head assay of the gold going to the mill in October was $15.57, in November, $15.72, and December, $18.76 per a tonne. Ore production from the Ashley Vein was rather stated to have went through special hand sorting, and stoping methods do to the narrow charicture of this vein. These type of methods had also resulted in higher per a tonne costs but were also lowered by increasing mill production. Milling within this time period was now being operated at a scale of 110 tonnes per a day but would become increased when development becomes favorable. Even further explorations on the discovery of other veins was limited during this time period by present development, and production program. Other company statements had stated that trenching within this area was considered to have been impossible due to the overburden. Even the whole vicinity of the Ashley Vein was reported to have been widely unexplored during this time period. Recommendations had stated that this area should be either explored by crosscutting, or diamond drilling procedures.
McGill Gold Mines Limited - Nothing else was reported to have been done on the option of 19 claims held by this company. This also resulted in a stock interest which was retained from all the money that became spent in the previous year.
Quemont Mining Corporation, Limited - The Ashley-Garvey property that was optioned by this company was considered to have idle during this time period. It was additionally purchase for a sum of $25,000 for a 7% interest in this claim, and another 25,000 was given as a stock interest by the Mining Corporation of Canada, Limited.
Mr.Thompson had also conducted a mineralographic study on the Ashley Vein, and had identified the following ten metallic minerals: Pyrite, Galena, Native Gold, Altaite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, hematite, krennerite, magnetite, and pyrrohotite. It was rather stated that this was the first report on occurrences of telluride minerals in the Matachewan Area.
1933 - Ashley Gold Mining Corporation, Limited - A total of 37,975 tonnes was milled, which recovered 16,962.63 ounces of gold (Au), and 2,375 ounces of silver (Ag).
Development was rather confined to developing the newly constructed winze levels at 625, and 750 foot. It was rather stated that this area was connected to major faulting on the two new levels. The whole entire fault zone is considered to strike northeasterly, and dips at about 45 degrees to the east. Other statements stated that this fault was rather normal but had intersected the Ashley Vein between the 500 and 600 foot levels. For the most part the Ashley Vein is known to have a strike to the north and the south, and dips to the west. Lateral development on the 500 foot level was stated to have displace the Ashley vein at a distance of 200 feet to the west on the 500 foot level. This also resulted in developing crosscut sections towards the faulted sections on the 500 and 625 foot levels. Once the crosscuts had reach the faulted section a drift was now being driven to the north while following the vein. In addition to this it was rather stated that a short section was developed before another major fault had cut the vein off on the 625 foot level. Even more company statements had stated that the strike of the B' fault was almost parallel with the Ashley vein. Drifting to the north on the 500 foot level was stated to have not reached this fault section for a length of 700 feet. Company officials also predicted that longer section will be developed on the 250, and 375 foot levels before the B' Fault it reached. Further diamond drilling had proved that the displacement between the A' and B' Fault is considered to be over 500 feet long. Drilling from underground also had proven the extension of the Ashley Vein to the west that had not been reached by crosscutting yet. Much of the ore that was developed on the three levels of the first faulted section of the Ashley Vein is known to carry more erratic gold values than the original section. The grading from this section is also considered to be much lower with results of 0.35 to 0.40 ounces per a tonne with an average width of 30 inches. These faulted sections are rather also considered to be reached by the shaft, and winze operation. In other parts the mine these fault sections are considered to be only reached by crosscuts to the west. It was at this time when the company's workforce of 130 miners had completed a total of 3,254 feet of drifting, 2,551 feet of crosscutting, 656 feet of raising, and 127 feet of sinking.
Production from the mill had treated a total of 37,975 tonnes of at a grade of 0.456 per a tonne of ore. From all of this tonnage the mill was able to produce a gold bullion of $497,969 in all production that year. All the gold which was tied up in the mill circuit at the time had also totalled 1,800 ounces of gold from all production that year. Much of the tailing within that year had average 0.20 cents a tonne, which indicated an extraction of 98%, Almost all the stopes within the Ashley Vein are considered to also have their own average width of 36 inches. Even the waste rock was considered to have been sorted out before being milled as a lot of it was mainly overburden of the wall rock. The whole entire milling facility was credited for treating a total of 44,780 tonnes of ore that produce 22,431 ounces of gold or 0.501 per a tonne of ore mined. In total gross recovery the company had ended up shipping a total of $568,110 in bullion that year.
Even further plans were being made when the company wanted to place addition to increase the mill tonnage in 1934, Treatment of the ore also was considered to have been quite high due to the vein being very narrow within the Ashley Gold Mine. Development within 1934 is mainly being focus on opening up the third fault section of the Ashley vein zone, while drifting on the four upper levels to the north, and south.
1934 - Ashley Gold Mining Corporation, Limited - Ore milled totalled 43,532 tonnes, which recovered 13,182.48 ounces of gold (Au), and 2,023 ounces of silver (Ag).
It was during this time period when much of the faulted sections within the Ashley Vein were considered to also be the normal faulted section situated to the west. Much of this vein section is considered to also extended from the 500 foot level to the surface. Another fault section of the same vein zone is also considered to extend from the 500 foot level to just above the 200 foot level. The last fault section known as fault No. 3 is strongly considered to extended from an unknown depth to the 500 foot level. In order to reach the third section it was stated that long crosscuts are necessary, and this fault section was rather not worked on at the time. For the most part the company had mainly focus on the second section that was being developed, and explored more. Any newly discovered ore-bodies were also stated to have rather been more cheaply developed, and extracted.
Development within that time period was mainly focus on drifting north on the Ashley Vein on the Porphyry Dike for a distance of 700 feet.This development resulted in the showing of a large quartz vein that contributed a 50 foot in length ore-shoot with low grade ore past this point. This soon had resulted in driving raise which had returned satisfactory conditions than the ore shown in drifting on the 250 foot level. Other development during that year was confined to developing long drift sections to the north on the 375, and also south on the 375, and 500 foot level. These section were reported to have also been largely unproductive of ore resources at the time. With the mine continuing to expand the company started on a crosscut section to the west in order to intersect the third vein section on the 675 foot level. In addition to this the company also reported that the Ashley Vein had it's own total length of 2,000 feet by underground work. Almost all drifting, and crosscutting within that time period had totalled 4,500 feet in a lateral work that was completed. Ore reserves by the end of 1934, had been estimated at 31,000 tonnes grading 0.30 ounces per a tonne of ore mined.
Production from the mill had treated a total of 43,532 tonnes of ore that had its own average grade of 0.456 ounces per a tonne, and produce 19,850.592 ounces in gold, In total shipment the company was able to obtain a gross recovery of $456,831.86 in Canadian Funds. Much of the average cost for mining this ore was stated to have costed the company a total of $8.00 per a tonne of ore mined. Employment from the mine had resulted in a workforce of 148 miners that became employed by this company. Almost all management at the time was being done by Eric Hargreaves who was the resident manager.
1935 - Ashley Gold Mining Corporation, Limited - A total of 47,366 tonnes of ore was milled during the time period of 1935, which the recovery was 12,486.139 ounces of gold, and 1,992 ounces of silver. This had rather out beaten the production scale of gold and silver recovery at the Matachewan Consolidated Mine.
Development of new ore was rather considered to have not kept base with the production of the mill. For the most part the president of the company who was known as J.H.C. Waite who had provided this statement. He additionally had indicated that the ore reserves had increased in tonnage, and grade during this time period. Estimates on the ore-reserves had indicated a total of 10,760 tonnes of ore, that average less than 0.30 ounces per a tonne of ore. Other statements had stated that there was a considerable amount of back fill from the stope operations that could be hand sorted and treated.
Milling within this time period had resulted in the treatment of 47,367 tonnes of ore that graded 0.2636 ounces per a tonne of ore. From all production the company was able to produce a total of 12,485.9412 ounce in gold that year. In addition to this it had given the company a gross value of $440,553.70 in gold bullion that year alone. The total gold value shipped to the end of 1935, had resulted in a gross recovery of $1,465,495.97 in gold bullion. Almost all development work within this time period had also resulted in 5,265 feet of diamond drilling, 2,997 feet of drifting, 727 feet of crosscutting, and 2,182 feet of raising.
There was also a completed examination of the mine that was made by an independent consulting geologist. His main attention was to plan an exploration program which was being carried out under his direction at the time. These results had indicated several veins that became located by diamond drilling, but drifting, crosscutting, raising, etc had failed to locate any more ore. He also stated that unless new discoveries are made the mine will be a short lived operation.
1936 - Ashley Gold Mining Corporation, Limited - Mine Closure - It was during this time period when the mill had under went a clean up, and had treated 21,858 tonnes, which recovered 4,509.066 ounces of gold, and 866 ounces of silver. The total ounces produce had end up totalling 50,100.315 ounces of gold (Au), and 7,644 ounces of silver (Ag).
Production on the property had continued for 9 mines before the mine was officially closed down in August. For the most part this was strongly caused because the company could not keep up with the mill production due to the lack of ore. After continuing to prospect the underground workings, and the surface, this company had decided to close the mine down in September, and had sold it plant also. Before the closure had occurred this company was able to complete 10, 202 feet of surface trenching, and 1,655 feet of surface diamond drilling. Another major important development phase also continued to take place when a winze was collared to 29 feet, and was than opened up by 385 feet of crosscutting, and 964 feet of drifting. In total production the company it self was able to produce a bullion recovery of $1,624,013.08.
1938 - Carl F. Peters
Another option was strongly stated to have been made by Carl F. Peters who had option this claim. With the option made it was strongly reported that a 5 tonne Gibson Mill, and a 60 cubic foot compressor became installed. His main attention was to prospect the Garrie Vein before planning to form his own company called the Peters Gold Mining Syndicate, Limited.
1938 - Erie Canadian Mines, Limited - Garvey Quartz Vein
Another optioning was made on the Ashley-Garvey Quartz Vein by the Erie Canadian Mines, Limited. Additional explorations of the vein that consisted of a 26 tonne bulk sample which was reported to have yielded 0.86 ounces of gold per a tonne.
1947 - Optioned to Caramora Porcupine Mines, Limited
It was at this time period when the shaft was officially dewatered to the first level at 250 foot level. As diamond drilling had commenced the company soon intersected another vein known as the No. 1 vein to the east of the Ashley Vein. The No. 1 vein is located at a distance of 30 m to the east of the Ashley Vein. Other statements had also stated that vein had strike 335 degrees, and dips at an average 30 degrees west, and was reported to have dipped into the Ashley Vein. More so the No. 1 vein is considered to a have an average thickness of 30 cm, and consists of quartz containing variable quantities of Sulphides, gold, and telluride minerals. Much of the sulphides within this formation are known to contain blebs, and aggregates of pyrite, and minor chalcopyrite. There was also a portable diesel plant which became operated at this time period.
1980 - Noranda Mines, Limited
An adit was started at this time period which was aimed at testing the continuation of the No. 1 vein. Results from this development had soon became shipped without any assays or production. Another option was made by Newmont Explorations, and Pamour Porcupine Mines, Limited, who had sampled the muck pile from the adit that returned 0.12 to 0.20 ounces per a tonne in gold.
1981 - Optioned to Petromet Resources, Limited
Much of this property staking resulted in the completion of geophysical, VLF Electromagnetics, and magnetic survey. The Ashley Gold Property was strongly considered to have comprised of 29 continuous mining claims, which included three patented claims. For the most part these claims are also located in three different townships known as Bannockburn, Argyle, and Hincks Townships. All production at the Ashley Mine was mainly taken from the first to the fifth level with minor amount of production coming from the lower workings. Another major vein known as the North-east vein was stated to have been intersected to the north of the Ashley Vein. It was rather discovered during it early parts of development which was intersected by a 700 foot drift to the northeast. Further raising and some sub level development to the south had indicated that the North-East vein might dip to the northwest.
Other indications stated that the North extension to the Ashley Vein was considered to have been faulted of to the north end of the workings. This resulted in diamond drilling which intersected a gold mineralization of 4inchs of 1.45 ounces of gold per a ton at 115 feet, and 3.25 feet of 0.22 Au/ton at 131 feet. Diamond drilling within this time period had mainly consisted of two holes that were driven for a distance of 1,200 feet to the northwest. Much of this diamond drilling phase was reported to have been done in order to test the fault. These intersections were commonly stated to have indicated a dip of 30 degrees to the west, and had suggest that this gold zone may have connection with the No. 1 vein zone. Some more diamond drilling was conducted by Petromet Resources, Limited who had drilled five holes in the much central portion of this vein. Results from this drilling phase soon indicated gold values up to 1.85 ounces of gold per a ton over 1.1 feet.
1982 - Petromet Resources, Limited
It was at this time period when the company had collected a bulk sample that returned 1.30 ounces in gold per a tonne of gold over 0.22 m over a strike length of 88.4 m. The Ashley Gold Mine was commonly stated to have produce 50,099 ounces of gold, grading 0.32 ounces per a tonne with some silver values. All production from the mill was known for treating a total of 157,636 tonnes of gold bearing ore. Two samplings taken from the No. 1 vein area of the Ashley Gold Mine had gave 10.94 tonnes of 1.405 ounces of gold, and 3.3 tonnes of 2.87 ounces of Au per tonne of ore. Other statements from the company had also stated that sampling of this area by Caramora Porcupine Mines, Limited had average 0.50 ounces of Au over a 3 foot thickness. Company officials also reported that sampling taken over a strike length of 88.4 m had given an average grade of 1.30 ounces of gold per a tonne over 0.22 m. A geological mapping procedure was also contracted by MPH Personnel during this time period of exploring the Ashley Gold Property. Further explorations resulted in trenching phase that was establish on the Ashley No. 1 vein zone. Generally the whole entire geological mapping phase had also covered the whole entire picket line grid that was establish in 1981.
1984 - Petromet Resources, Limited
Diamond Drilling soon resulted in the completion of 3 surface holes totalling 834 feet in length. For the most part this was done on the property between the Ashley, and Garvey Vein. In addition to this it was stated that holes 1 to 3 had intersected a weak mineralization.
One of the most extensive explorations programs within the Ashley Mine claims was also being done under a joint venture agreement. This agreement was finalized by Petromet Resources, and Wizel Resources. Much of this exploratory phase had covered properties that are located in Hinck, Argyle, and Bunnockburn Township, within Larder Lake Mining Division. These claim are rather situated 12 miles west-northwest of the village of Matachewan, and 40 miles west-southwest of the town of Kirkland Lake. For the most part this project became known as the Machewan West Project that covered the Ashley Group of Claims. It was in 1987, when Wizel Resource, Limited had made joint venture agreements with Petromet Resources. At the time it also became reported that the Matachewan West Project had seen a limited amount of work done. It was by New Erza Lake in Hincks Township, where McCollum Gold Mines had discovered two fairly large quartz veins, which were associated with granitic rock. One of these veins that's known to be situated on claim L918095, and had a southerly strike for 600 feet, and had returned grab samples assaying between $.8.20 to $25.00 Another vein known as the north is found in claim L918095, and strikes northwest for at least 150 feet, and assayed only traces of gold. Further explorations had taken place when the area was explored by Prestige Mines in 1973, who had completed geological mapping, and drilled three short hole into the "South Vein". From this exploration it became determined that the south vein had returned an assay of 0.02 ounces of gold (Au) per ton over 2.5 feet.
The property was later re-mapped by Major Resources and had sampled the Erza Lake South Showing, Most of the samples taken from this area were reported to have average between 0.05 to 1.23 ounces of gold per ton. Some exploratory work would continued when a ground magnetic, and electromagnetic survey was completed by Imperial Oil by 1978. Anther evaluation was also being made when an airborne magnetic, and electomagnetic survey was done by Canamax Resources in 1985.
Other statements from the company had stated that the only explorations which were conducted in Argyle Township had included Magnetometer, VLF-EM Survey, electrical magnetic and geological surveys by Petromet Resource. This was mainly done in part with explorations which were being conducted on the Ashley Gold Property in 1982.
1987 - claims acquired by Wizel Resources, Ltd. - Matachewan West Property.
By 1987, the Matachewan West Project was being acquired by Wizel Resources, who completed airborne magnetic, and electromagnetic surveys over the whole entire claim group. Other exploration which followed suit had included gridding, prospecting, stripping, and trenching on their West Grid in Hincks Township. This was also followed by diamond drilling that consisted of 5 surface holes, totalling 1,902 feet in total length. Much of the prospecting procedure on the West Grid had located 6 new gold showings within this claim group. Trenching, and sampling was undertaken on the three old gold showings which returned ore-quality assays. Some more company statements had stated that four diamond drill holes tested the old "Sunisloe Show" for gold. This also included further testing of a large layered gabbroic sill in Bunnockburn Township for PGM's. Most of the work at this point in exploring the property was confined to the gridded portion of the property in Hincks Township. From this prospecting stage it was also determined that sampling was also undertaken on the outcrops. Much of the resulted in the discovery of previously unknown narrow, gold-bearing quartz veins at 44+00E/4+505. Sampling which was done on the vein had also indicated gold (Au) assays of 0.29 ounces per a tonne of ore mined. A prospecting and sampling program had also identified a narrow auriferous quartz vein in weakly pyrtie basalt at 3+90E/18+70N. which gave gold assays of 0.024.
Geology of the Matachewan West Claims by Wizel Resource, Limited 1988.
For the most part the Matachewan West Claims are commonly known to be situated within the Abitibi Greenstone Belt. This geological belt structure is also known to be located within the Superior Province of the Canadian Shield. Other statements by the company had stated that this belt is approximately 800 by 250 feet in dimension, and is known to host a large number of world class gold camps. These historical gold camps are mainly known as the Porcupine, Kirkland Lake, Larder Lake, the Cadillac Malartic Val D'Or and the Chibougamau Camp. More so the suprcrustal lithologies within the Abitibi Belt are dominated by various volcanic formations, and their derived sediments. These sediments are known to be folded and intruded by batholiths of granitic composition. Much of the lavas within this claim group are commonly known to predominately tholelitic basalts with lesser komatlitic tholelites, calcalkaline andesites to rhyolites, and rare alkalics. Further examinations of this claim group had revealed that the area is known to also be hosted by Syn-Volcanic Intrusives, that included peridotite and gabbro to Syenite, and felsic Porphyry. Most of the sediments are also known to be derived clasitics, that can contain cherty exhalites, iron formation, and carbonate beds.Generally, the volcanic sedimentary succession can be divided stratigraphically. and lithochemically into four mega cycles. In addition to this, the Matachewan West Claims are likely to occur near the middle of the third mega-cycle in volcanics, which is equivalent to the Kenojevis Group.
1988 - Wizel Resources, Limited.
It was in 1988, when gridding was done by a grid of chainsaw picket lines totalling 69.52 miles, and 6 miles to the base, and tie lines. Much of this was strongly stated to have been cut over all the claims in the eastern group between Sept, 6th, and October, 7th, 1988. At the time it was also stated that the job was contracted to Laforest-Hlava Explorations, Limited. of Timmins, Ontario, Canada. For the most part it was also stated that the base line strike were due east-west through the center of the claim group. This was also followed by an east-west tie-line that had been cut along the old survey boundary between Argyle, and Bannockburn Township. Much of the picket lines are also perpendicular to the baseline, and spaced at 400 foot intervals. It was also followed by pickets which were chained and set every 100 feet along the cut lines.
The Western Hincks Grid was also cut, and chainsaw cut during the summer and fall seasons of 1988. At the time it was also stated that the work was contracted out to T. Obradovich of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. This had included a 3.6 mile baseline strike at 125/305 degrees azimuth through the center of the Hincks group. .All of this was also followed by the establishment of 72.1 miles of picket lines spaced at 400 foot intervals, and were cut perpendicularly to the base line. It was during this time when the pickets were chained, and spaced every 100 feet along the cut lines
Grid lines at the time were also being used for mapping control, and the outcrops were geologically evaluated by pace, and compass traverses. A collection of rock specimen, totalling 933 tonnes was collected from most of the bedrock exposures. Each of these specimens were also closely examined with the aid of a binocular Mircoscope. Much of the geological contacts within the overburden had covered areas of the grids, and structural disruptions were interpreted with the aid of the aeromagnetic survey map. For the most part it wa rather stated that the western half of the Matachewan West Property is predominatley underlain by a sequence of mafic to intermediate flows which have been folded into a steeply dipping, south-easterly striking orientation. This also follows by intermediate pyroclastic rocks, and less abundant flows which lie north, and are stratigraphically above the mafic lavas. In addition to this, the Archean Volcanism is also represented by a thin unit of sedimentary rock which lies at the contact between the mafic and intermediate volcanics. At this point it was also observed that a number of narrow dikes of intermediate to felsic composition commony which are commonly associated with feldspar porphyritic textures. These dike are also known to intruded the volcanic rocks which have similar composition and appearance, and are spatially associated with occurrences of gold mineralization. (Ashley Mine).
The Sunisloe showing is known to commonly occur at 61+005 on the baseline. and consist of a series of white, vuggy quartz veins, that are 1 to 6 inches wide. For the most part the vuggy, quartz veins are also known to cut fine grained basaltic lava. Two of these veins are both considered to be parallel veins that strike at 105 degrees and dip about 30 degrees southwards, and contain visible gold in addition to pyrite, and minor amounts of base metal sulphides. Sampling which was done on these vein was commonly known to have also yield high-grade gold assays between 0.79 to 2.83 ounce of gold (Au). Further explorations have also led to two other gold showing that are in vicinity of Ezra Lake, and consist of narrow quartz veins cutting pink granitic rocks. Assaying of this geologically sectioned area had also returned ore quality gold assays from these showings.
2012 - David M. Leford
It was at this time period when a Ronda VLF-EM survey was reported to have been conducted on claim 4268634, and the southern half of claim 4268646. There was a total of 2.2 kms of lines were ribbonded, and 80 readings taken. This resulted in three anomalies known a A, B, and C. The first of these known as A was strongly considered to have trended southwest-northeast. While anomalies B an C were known to have been located on the southern part of the claims, and had trended N/E-S/W.
The Geology of the Ashley Gold Property
Much of the geology within the Ashley Property is determined as a volcanic sequence which contains the Auriferous quart veins of the Ashley Mine property. Additionally this geological area is also considered to comprise of massive, pillowed, variolitic, and hyaloclastic basalts. More so the stratigraphic trends which is considered to be establish from a pillow basalt is known to strike NNW to NW, which trends with the pillow facing to the northeast. Another area known as the Garvey Vein has also been geologically mapped by the formation of a variolitic basalt unit that's present. The whole entire basalt sequence Is commonly considered to be overlain along the north boundary of this property by a rhyolitic unit which forms the base of an andesitic pyroclastic sequence. This area is also commonly considered to occupy the core of a major synclinal basin which occurs to the north of the property.
There is also a feldspar porphyry pluton which is stated to be located on the NW part of the Ashley Gold Mine Property. Generally the pluton is determined to be within a fault contact that associated with the basaltic sequence. More so the composition of the Quartz Porphyry, and the Feldspar Porphyry dyke is known to possibly be related to the pluton which cuts the basaltic sequence. The Matachewan diabase dykes are known for trending N-S to NNW, and a section that's up to 75 meter wide is considered to be the youngest Archean Rocks in the area. Quartz veining on the Ashley property is also considered to occupy late N-S to NE fractures. Much of the N-S veins are considered to have their own dip of 30 to 50 degree west, and the NE veins are determined to dip 20 to 45 degrees northwest. Much of the quartz within this gold property are considered to range from 3cm to 60cm wide. These quartz veins are known to also be characterized by containing visible gold, telluride minerals, and variable to minor quantities of pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, and sphalerite. Statements from Petromet Resource, Limited had stated that the best possibly for explorations in the area is known to between the Ashley and Garvey Vein area. For the most part this was stated because the area is known to be unexplored due to the overburden in this area. Drilling was reported to have been done to the north of the property at distance of 100 m from the workings. Results from this diamond drilling phase indicated gold values and including up to 3 feet of 0.22 ounces of Au per a tonne The western part of the Ashley Property where the West Vein may be located is known to be poor unexplored due to block faulting.
2016 - Prosper Gold Corp - Exploratory work
Prosper Gold, had continued explorations on the Ashley Property within the exploratory year of 2016. Further information from Prosper Gold had stated that the property lies on the western extention of the Cadillac Larder Deformation Zone. Much of the mineralization in the area is rather hosted in the Archean Tisdale Group Basalt,with felsic, and intermediate metavolcanic rocks to the north, and south. Prosper Gold had noted that there are several syenite bodies intruding the metavolcanic rocks that offer exploration targets, which are similar to that of the Young Davidson Mine. Drilling on the Ashley Gold Property had rather resulted in 7,500 m in commitment to the option agreements made. Exploratory work had resulted in Airborne Geophysical surveys which were completed on August, 2016, and preliminary magnetic, resisitivity, and gravity results were used in drill targeting. Most of this was done in order to determine structural definition, and stratigraphic refinement.
2017 - Prosper Gold Corp
It was within 2017, when Prosper Gold had conducted diamond drilling on the Ashley Break Target, that consisted of 6 holes, totalling 1,827 m from the surface. Most of the work by Prosper Gold was done in order to test branches, bends, and splays of an interpreted strike slip strain transfer zone. This zone is rather located to the south of the Ashley Gold Property, and was aimed at discovering gold mineralization, and to look for evidence of strain and deformation. Much of the whole entire disturbed zone is rather 3 km long, and 1 km wide, in which regular magnetic bands are interpreted to define five branching strands of a strain transfer zone within a steep dipping sinistral transcurrent fault.
Galahad Target - Prosper Gold Corp - 100% owned
Another prospect known as the Galahad Target was also in progress of drilling two surface holes, totallling 1,239 m. Drilling within the Galahad area was mainly done in order to test the known structures in the area which are located southwest of the Ashley Gold Property. It was drill hole G048, which was the second hole at the Galahad Property that was aimed at intersecting the Galer Fault beneath the Galahad Showing. Intersection made by Drill Hole G048 had rather cut a strongly strained, and altered strata between 42 and 238 m, and had continued within a moderaly strained strata to 456 m. Drilling that was done between 141, and 317 m had showed sections of bright green fuchsite carbonat quartz altercation, which is termed green carbonates. This section of green carbonates is seperate by bleached albitized, silicified, and epidotized intervals that are roughly equal portions. Associations of disseminated fine grained pyrite, along with black fine grained pyrite stringers, and sections of massive pyrite occur widely over the intervals. Reports from Prosper Gold state that the Galahad Target has many Young-Davidson earmarks as its a narrow zone of deformation on a steep dipping crustal break called the Galer Fault. Exploratory work had identified the fault to contain slices of ultramafic rocks, basalt, syenite, and green carbonate. Examinations of the Galer Structure had rather determined it to juxaposes Abitibi Greenstone within the north side, and intermediate rocks to the south.