38 Lead Mine in Hong Kong – 1889 – where was it located?
Tymon Mellor: While researching mines in Hong Kong, I came across this newspaper article from the Hong Kong Daily Press, dated the 12th October, 1889, on the discovery of a new mineral find by Mr J Grant Smith. The mineral ore was exposed following a storm the previous May and considered to be “a payable mine”. The location is described as “within half-an-hour’s walk of the Clock Tower”.
Anyone know where this could have been located?
Tymon adds: “The clock tower mentioned would most probably be the one located in Pedder Street from 1862 to 1913. That would put the mineral find about 600 metres away from the clock tower walking up hill.
It is not possible to trace the exact location of the ‘mine’ it would be just a small-scale mineralization and the region has been urbanized. ‘Lode of galena’, means host in veins.
Recently I also found a pyrite-chalcopyrite-molybdenite sample (hydrothermal veins) in a cut-slope in Ho Man Tin. So it is not uncommon to find minerals on the surface even today.”
This Q+A was first posted on 17th May 2017.
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