Beaufort Property

About the property

Beaufort is a granted exploration tenement located in the southwest of Victoria approximately 145km west of Melbourne, the capital of the State of Victoria. It is approximately 48km west of the regional town and historic gold mining centre of Ballarat.

The Beaufort Goldfield has been extensively mined in the past almost exclusively for alluvial gold, with an estimated 1.16 Moz of historical production. Local primary sources for the alluvial gold have not yet been identified.

At Beaufort, an opportunity exists to explore for a hard rock source of a major alluvial goldfield along a structure that is known to host gold in the region.


1.16 Moz historical, small scale, alluvial production with no hard rock source identified*


Gold nuggets up to 400 oz recovered from adjacent alluvial fields – supporting idea of proximal primary gold source*


Fosterville style mineralization was not considered by previous explorers which previously targeted large tonnage, low grade open pit deposits


Orientation soil sampling defined a 2.5km long gold-arsenic-antimony trend which is a common geochemical pathfinder association in Victorian goldfields. The mineralized trend is open along strike.

*Beaufort NI 403-101 technical report, effective October 25, 2020

Beaufort at a Glance


145km west of Melbourne & 48km north-west of the regional town of Ballarat


Single contiguous parcel covering 120km²


Multiple paved and gravel roads leading off the Western highway that links Melbourne and Adelaide




1% NSR, with option to buy back 0.5% for C$3.3M

Exploration History


Target not systematically tested with geochemistry
and drilling


Discovery of gold and alluvial/deep lead mining (No focus on hardrock exploration)


Restart of deep lead mining and minor hard rock production (No focus on hardrock exploration)


Rio Tinto – scouts in northern part of the permit (rock sampling; mapping; hand auger samples and stream sediment sampling (no drilling) 


Bendigo Gold Associates – Mapping; hand auger sampling; rock sampling; 2 RC lines over 100m strike


Osprey Mining – soil and rock chip sampling; 867m of RC drilling (no systematic exploration program)


High Lake Resources – targeting alluvial and quartz vein mineralization. Rock chip sampling; soil sampling (no systematic exploration program)


BHP Minerals – stakes the ground based on analogies with Sukhoi Log (100Moz Au). However, BHP makes a corporate decision to exit gold 

Placer Dome – Sedimentary Holdings acquired the permit from BHP. Sedimentary secured a JV with Placer Dome. Work included rock chip sampling and shallow RAB Drilling on a 250 x 500m grid. Placer Dome defined an anomalous trend over 6.5km but never followed up on their own recommendations of 150m drill fences. Placer Dome was  targeting a 10Moz open pitable deposit in the context of US$280 Au. (Exploration geared towards wrong target type)


Range River Resources – conducts review of past exploration, reconnaissance visits; recommended geophysical program. No further work was carried out (no systematic exploration program)


Serra (formerly E79) Founders – Secured priority ground during the market downturn

Beaufort Target


Alluvial goldfields & large nuggets all
associated with the N-S trending anticline
axis and thrust faults


Large and well defined target zones


Good structural setting
with cross cutting late structures


Setting analogous to numerous other
significant deposits in Victoria


Target has not been tested at depth and no systematic program aimed at Fosterville style mineralization has been executed to date

Beaufort Soil Sampling

Soil Sampling Program

The 2020 soil grid successfully demonstrated:


A gold-arsenic-antimony geochemical fingerprint over the key structural trends, an element association that is the hallmark of several of the major gold districts in Victoria


The effectiveness of a 100 x 100 sampling grid of residual soil material in delineating kilometer scale anomalies


A 2000m long, gold-arsenic-antimony trend paralleling the regional structural trend


Indication of the presence of a second gold trend along the NE trending secondary structure, with a strike length of around 600m.

Location of Central block, the focus of this program, plus North & South Blocks. Notably, the 2km long anomaly which has been defined on the central block sits within a much larger mineralized trend (over 18km in strike), which has the potential to host a large gold system.

Pathfinder Elements

Identifying a concentric geochemical dispersion pattern over kilometres is a good indicator of a potentially large gold system.

Beaufort Gold Aresenic Figure
Beaufort Gold Aresenic Table

Fosterville Gold Mine


Near-surface low grade oxide mining


Mined near surface for low grade mineralization


Discovery of Eagle zone high grade mineralization


Discovery of gold bearing Harrier zone at depth


Down plunge extension of Swan zone

Fosterville Similarities

Fosterville Similarities Table


Beaufort Technical Report (NI 43-101)

October 25, 2020

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