Jean-Paul Turcaud : original discoverer of Telfer
The majority of the following information is excerpted from
In March 2002 Newcrest reported that drilling had revealed Telfer contained a resource of 26.2 million ounces of gold, On 19 September 2002 Newcrest managing director Tony Palmer told ABC radio that once finance had been raised production would resume with 14 million tonnes of ore being mined each year. Telfer will be larger than Kalgoorlie's Golden Mile and as such it will be Australia's biggest gold mine. (p259)
"Newcrest also announced a reserve of 740,000 tonnes of copper metal. Perhaps Turcaud's conviction that Telfer was a huge base metal deposit is about to be realised. (p259)
Formerly owned by the North American company, Newmont Proprietary Ltd [Newmont] and the Australian giant Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd's [BHP] subsidiary, Dampier Mining Company under a joint-venture agreement, the mine is now controlled by Newcrest Mining Ltd. In 1987 Newmont floated a new company in Australia, Newmont Australia Ltd, with the proceeds going to the parent company. Dampier Mining Company became BHP Gold Mines Ltd. Newcrest Mining Ltd was formed in 1990 when Newmont Australia and BHP Gold Mines merged. (p8)
The Great Sandy Desert
"In a book written by Dr David Tyrwhitt, 'Desert Gold: the discovery and development of Telfer' he and fellow geologist Ronnie Thomson, are regarded by Newmont as the official discoverers of Telfer. Tyrwhitt makes no mention in 'Desert Gold' of Newmont's early joint venture partner in the Paterson Range, the Boral subsidiary Narla Minerals NL, a company which appears to have been an important part of the initial exploration process. (p10)
Prospectors usually discover goldmines
"The figure of 80% of Australian gold mines discovered by prospectors sounds amazing but it is a fair estimate of the success of our pioneering prospectors ... Prior to the 1998 Gold Roundtable APLA did some basic research into the discovery process of the operating gold mines in WA. In nearly all cases a prospector was a major component in the discovery process but it appeared there were at least two very important exceptions - Telfer in the very remote Great Sandy Desert and Boddington in the State's South-West." (p6)
"The corporate versions of the Telfer discovery are very different when compared with Turcaud's version." (p9)
Culture of trust
"While working with ASARCO [early 1970] Turcaud not only learned about the value of gossans but he also became aware of the value of trust that existed between prospectors and mining companies. The discoveries and advice of prospectors were highly thought of by the mining companies in the region and Turcaud had heard of the experiences of other prospectors who had done successful handshake deals with companies. He recalled the prospectors at the Star of Mangaroon had worked successfully with companies and he knew of another prospector who had proposed a zinc show near Gascoyne Junction to a company. (p18)
"Turcaud was also spurred on by the stories of mineral discoveries he heard around exploration camps and outback towns. He knew of the well-publicised discovery made by John Morgan and George Cowcill at Red Hill in the mid-1960s. Cowcill had found some specimens he believed were uranium near Red Hill in 1954 and after having them analysed at the School of Mines in Kalgoorlie, which at the time offered a free analysis service for prospectors, it was discovered they contained significant quantities of nickel. In conjunction with his friend Morgan, the samples were shown to Western Mining Corporation's (WMC) Roy Woodall in 1964. WMC was keen enough to look at the prospect and as a result of their work the rich Kambalda nickel deposit was discovered. In mid-1967 Cowcill and Morgan received $25,000 each as a reward for their discovery even though they had never marked out and applied for any mining tenements in the Kambalda area; such was the value placed on their work. The prospectors had been told if a mine was developed they would get paid but "if there was not enough nickel to justify a mine they would get nothing." (p19)
"There were many more stores of discoveries that were talked of around the campfire at night. They provided Turcaud with the incentive he needed to eventually go it alone and he was comfortable with the way prospectors and companies worked together when necessary.
"Indeed, many companies went out of their way to help and encourage prospectors like Turcaud and for some it was part of a deliberate policy. In Paul Johnson's 'History of Consolidated Goldfields' he interviewed Renison Goldsfields Consolidated Ltd's Hilmer Giessler who clearly stated his philosophy towards dealing with prospectors:
One of the companies Turcaud approached was Western Mining
Corporation and as with Anglo American there was no agreement signed between the
prospector and the company.
The new breed of company
But corporations weren't always to be so fair minded and trusting. In the 1960s a new breed of company emerged.
Jean-Paul first to find mineralisation in the Paterson Range
Turcaud presented some samples to the Government Chemical Laboratory (GCL) which came from the main gossans of the Paterson Range and also a sample from Lake Waukarlycarly. He later lodged a further three specimens described as originating from the rather remote areas in the Paterson Range in the eastern Pilbara.
Until Turcaud's discovery of mineralisation in the Paterson Range, it was considered lacking in valuable minerals. The most recent government publication 4-miles to the inch, described the area as having "No metallic deposits". Curator Bridge remembers talking to Turcaud about the samples and he also recognised their importance.
Discovery of gossans at Telfer site
On Jean-Paul's trip to the Paterson Range he had made a major discovery of gossans:
Turcaud did not know that the gossans at Pascale Hills would eventually become the Telfer mine and produce over $2 billion of gold [2002 value] in a little over two decades. All he knew was he had made an important discovery of mineralisation in an unknown region. (p56)
Turcaud did not consider the area he had discovered as being an important goldfield at that time, but later recalled, "Australian history of mining abounds in cases where the original discoverer did not realise the main interest in the samples he had brought for appraisal, eg Mt Isa, Broken Hill, Kambalda etc. But since I had worked at Mt Isa, I was quite aware gold could be an interesting bonus." p57-8
Turcaud pin-pointed Telfer site
Jean-Paul approached Western Mining Corporation. On 24 March 1971 a senior geologist for WMC, David Barr, looked at JPT's maps and noted 5 areas of interest, one of which was site 3, now Telfer.
Newmont aware of Turcaud's discovery from start
Turcaud ran into Bill Brooks at the local store, a Newmont consultant at the end of October 1970, who invited Turcaud back to Newmont for his first real meal since leaving the Paterson ranges. Turcaud made a conscious decision to disclose his find to Newmont because he thought they would be reputable and big enough to handle his find. (p62)
In 1987 Turcaud wrote about the meeting:
Companies Turcaud approached
1. Late October 1970. Newmont - they had other work on and weren't interested until after summer.
2. 10 November 1970. Turcaud bumps into Brook and WA Manager of Newmont, Dr D. Tyrwhitt, at Marble Bar Airport and is introduced to Tyrwhitt for the first time as "the prospector Brook had been telling him about".
3. End of November 1970 Turcaud returns to Perth to see results of his samples which he'd previously sent to get assayed.
4. Berven and Schiller line up a meeting with Day Dawn Minerals
Ltd in Perth.
5. November 1970. Turcaud presents some samples of gossans to the Government Chemical Laboratory (GCL). "Turcaud's samples were deemed significant enough to be included in the State reference mineral collection." (p69)
6. November 1970. Turcaud approaches Hawkestone but they were too busy to get involved. (Hawkestone was a partner in a joint venture with Newmont known as the Pilbara Joint Venture) (p70)
7. Turcaud approached Union Miniere who was interested until they learnt of the location, east of the Oakover River. An agreement with Anglo American was that they not touch this region as each company had a separate "sphere of influence". (p70)
8. Turcaud approached Anglo
American, who agreed to send a team to the Paterson Range as soon as
possible after Christmas.
9. February 1971. Turcaud visits Brook of Newmont with maps and samples, but after Brook talks with Tyrwhitt says Newmont not interested.
10. March 1971. Turcaud approaches Western Mining Corporation. Turcaud points out 5 areas of significance including Pascale Hills (Telfer). WMC's David Barr organises an expedition. This time rock samples were taken. Amounts of copper showed up but not high enough to be feasible. (p96)
11. June 1971. Jean-Paul ready to call it quits and takes his rock samples to CGL.
Meanwhile . . .
June 1971. Philippe Koehn of Day Dawn looks for aerial photos of the Patterson Range at GCL. Taken from 25,000 feet in June 1953, the photos only showed detail of major features. Koehn preparing for a trip to Paterson Range.
People who claimed to have a part in Telfer discovery
*The fact is that I presented the huge show to Newmont ( approx 2400 kmē ) as a Copper / Gold mine and not the opposite.
*The fact is that there is a supposed relation of trust between Mining Prospectors & Mining Companies which implies that against appraisal of the show, priority is given to the company spending money on assays for a first option on pegging the ground ( in fact that trust relationship is a bait used by company such a Newmont / Newcrest & BHP ).
*The facts are that, to go around that Mining Prospectors-Mining Companies trust relationship, Newmont used to smoke screen companies Narla & Day Dawn which were sent behind my back to carry on the pegging in the Great Sandy Desert & carry on as well 1 million $ of work.on then Telfer Mine to be *The facts are the said Narla & Day Dawn after having done all the initial probation work decided to sell the lot to Newmont at a loss for a huge 15 000 $ and then immediately folded themselves on the pretence of unacceptable loss.
*The facts are ( since a discoverer was needed indeed ) the official discoverer became Dr Tyrwhitt the CEO of Newmont and alternatively Thomson a senior geologist and even Searls the Austrailia President of Newmont. Tyrwhitt that miserable bag of manure, pretended officially in a book written on Newmont 's funds ( "Desert Gold") that he had discovered Telfer Mine from his aeroplane and landed in the desert near by to take samples (sic)
*The facts are the Newmont paid over 11 millions of $ to peg the ground of
the extensive deposit, and paid as well the WA political class to prevent a
Royal Inquiry into their crimes required by Attorney General Evans *The facts
are that I spent a considerable amount of time and intelligence decoding and
uncovering the way the Mining Criminals of Newmont / Newcrest & BHP had
proceeded. Those Criminals indeed as soon as I tracked one of the scheme,
immediately dropped him down : So it was for Brook, Thomson, Tyrwhitt, Searls
and finally Malozemoff the Newmont Chairman decided to change the name of the
company in Australia and call it Newcrest ... to cut short of the bad publicity
I had made on the Mining Criminals.... but soon
*The facts are that I manage to drag from the Mining Criminals an indenture signed in NY and amounting to 25000 $ for the Discovery of Telfer Mine. I would have signed for only One Dollar.
*The facts are that I had to give 40% to the lawyer ( who went to work for Newmont afterwards ) and what I cleared does not pay a tenth for all I spent in that prospecting venture.
*The facts are for finding the Telfer Mine I received NOT A THANKS NOR A CENT
Newmont Mining Corporation and the Telfer gold/ copper mine -
Discovery and Ownership
Don Findlay's website supports Jean-Paul Turcaud's claim of rightful ownership - as the discoverer of the mineralised samples and gossans that led to the acquisition and development of the prospect that came to be known as Newmont Mining Corporations' Telfer Gold/ Copper Mine.
More writings in Jean-Paul's word of his discovery of Telfer, Nifty and Kintyre mines
and explanation of how he finally uncovered the swindle where he and certain
shareholders got ripped off. - from
REPLY TO LADY CAROLE OF AUSTRALIA
Well done, dear Lady Carole !
Anglesea's dog, Sunny does not even know to spell his own language.
Regarding the dudes' claims regarding what they know of my Great Sandy
I collected by working from day to dawn alone in the GSD over some 12
Note Dr Atkinson of CRA found their Uranium & Thorium deposit for
I believe the fine book of President Sheppard of the Australian
This was without counting on the Superior Intelligence and Stamina of
Of course what I got in return for providing such immense richness to
At this point in time I want nothing but only your country to pay for
THE DIVINE DRUDGING DROUGHT WILL GO ON UNTIL THAT AUSTRALIAN FILTH HAS
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