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News release: Hon Tom Koutsantonis, MP, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Wednesday 28 June 2017.

Bornite from Carrapateena mining projectBornite, a distinctive purple and blue copper mineral, has been chosen as the official State Mineral Emblem.

Known as peacock ore due to its iridescent colouring, bornite has a strong historic connection with the development of South Australia’s mineral resources industry.

The world’s finest example of bornite now takes pride of place in the South Australian Museum’s Copper to the World exhibit, which is open to the public until 31 July.


Bornite was announced as the official State Mineral Emblem at a function held at the SA Museum to welcome international guests to the Copper to the World conference.

The choice of bornite as the State Mineral Emblem highlights the copper ore’s central role in the economic development of South Australia.

Bornite is found in porphyry copper and iron oxide copper gold deposits including throughout South Australia’s Copper Belt.

Quotes attributable to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis

Bornite is a fitting choice for South Australia’s State Mineral Emblem.

Not only is the official emblem a strikingly distinctive mineral but major finds of copper ore beginning with Kapunda in 1844 underpinned South Australia’s early economic development.

Copper continues to be a major contributor to the State’s economy through Australia’s largest underground mine at Olympic Dam as well as mines at Prominent Hill and Kanmantoo.

Quotes attributable to South Australian Museum Senior Collection Manager of Earth Sciences Ben McHenry

If any single mineral specimen epitomises the unique geology of South Australia this is it.

The rare specimen of bornite on display at the South Australian Museum measures 100 cubic centimetres, and is the largest single crystal of bornite ever unearthed.

This mineral association is unique to the Olympic Dam deposit in the far north of our State, making its provenance immediately recognisable.

Its quality far surpasses any bornite specimen from around the world in both its size and aesthetics, and these factors are highly prized in the international mineral market.

It is fitting that the South Australian Museum’s world leading minerals collection now holds the world’s premier specimen of our new State Mineral Emblem.