Evolution Ownership

75km south west of Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
Surrounded by the traditional lands of the Port Curtis Coral Coast People

Local Communities
Mt Perry, Gin Gin, Biggenden, Gayndah

Year commenced operations


  • 1995: Resolute Mining Limited acquires 15% interest
  • 1997: Placer Pacific acquires 70% interest from Barrick Australia
  • 1998: Resolute Mining Limited acquires 70% interest from Placer Pacific
  • 1998: Equigold NL acquires 100% interest from Resolute (85%) and Sampson Exploration (15%)
  • 2001: Gold production commences
  • 2008: Equigold NL Merger with Lihir Gold Limited
  • 2010: Lihir Gold Limited Merger with Newcrest
  • 2011: 1Moz gold produced since commissioning
  • 2011: Evolution acquired 100% of Mt Rawdon via Catalpa Resources and Conquest Mining merging and the concurrent acquisition of Newcrest Mining’s Cracow and Mt Rawdon gold mines
  • 2014: Milestone of 40th tonne of gold poured since production commenced in 2001

Style of mineralisation
Volcaniclastic hosted

Contained metals
Gold, silver

Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources (at 31 Dec 2017)
48.44Mt @ 0.69g/t gold for 1,067koz gold

Ore Reserves (as at 31 Dec 2017)
26.44Mt @ 0.79g/t gold for 671koz gold

Mining Method
Open pit

Gold Production
FY2010A 100,673 ounces
FY2011A   89,636 ounces
FY2012A   95,403 ounces
FY2013A 106,089 ounces
FY2014A 103,755 ounces
FY2015A 102,162 ounces
FY2016A   85,002 ounces
FY2017A 101,331 ounces
FY2018A 105,053 ounces

Processing Method
Conventional crush-grind-CIL to produce gold-silver- doré

Nominal treatment rate

The Mt Rawdon gold deposit is a massive, volcaniclastic hosted, low grade gold deposit that exhibits excellent characteristics conducive to low cost mining and treatment. The surface extent of mineralisation greater than 0.7g/t gold formed an ovoid zone 400 metres x 280 metres in diameter on the southern flanks of the original Mt Rawdon. The gold mineralisation is closely associated with fine disseminated pyrite within the host rocks as well as more discrete sulphide veinlets. Gold grade generally increases as pyrite alteration and sulphide veining increases. The principal host volcaniclastic rocks dip moderately to the southwest, as does the orebody.

Mine production is derived from a single open pit, utilising conventional drill and blast, load and haul methodologies. The mine successfully transitioned to owner-miner in the September quarter 2014 with better than expected productivity and operating costs achieved. The operation is one of our most reliable mines, that has produced more than 1.5 million ounces of gold since first production in 2001.

The processing plant consists of primary and secondary crushing, SAG and ball milling, followed by conventional cyanidation leaching. In July 2014, a significant milestone was reached with the 40th tonne of gold (approximately 1.41Moz) poured since production commenced in 2001.

Fact Sheet
Mt Rawdon fact sheet – updated July 2018