The name of Mount Morgan and the word “Gold” are inseparably associated with each other all over the world. From what may be read in the following pages it will be seen that Mount Morgan has no parallel as a gold producer; that it has made struggling prospectors millionaires; that it has been, and is, a large employer of labour; a scientific nursery for the treatment of gold-bearing ores; a geological puzzle, baffling experts; a heavy contributor to the revenues of the colony; a place of interest to visitors to queensland; and that, in all human probability, it will continue to sustain – though in a somewhat modified degree – the proud position it has won for itself in the mining annals of Australasia.
Frank W. Sykes,
1st October 1892
Mt. Morgan is located in Queensland, Australia and was the largest gold mine in the world at its peak in the early 1900s. Over its lifespan, the mine yielded approximately 262 metric tons of gold, 37 metric tons of silver and 387,000 metric tons of copper.
As with many older mining projects, the legacy of Mt. Morgan is a large hole in the ground, waste and tailings stockpiles that produce contaminated water and a town with high unemployment. Today, Mt. Morgan is a tourist attraction demonstrating the scale of environmental damage unwittingly caused by the old mining companies. This sole benefit must be weighed against the high ongoing cost to the government in treating the contaminated water discharging to the Dee River.
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