Beyond Britannia - Sources and Further Reading

Beyond Britannia - Sources and Further Reading

January 02, 2014

These brief introductions to five major figures in mining that are connected to Britannia is a great place to begin your own exploration of the people of mineral exploration and mining.

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Beyond Britannia - Marcus Daly

Beyond Britannia - Marcus Daly

January 02, 2014

The story of Marcus Daly captures both the wild successes the frontier granted a few as well as the realities of life for prospectors and pioneers opening the west in the 1800s.

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Beyond Britannia - Grant B Schley

Beyond Britannia - Grant B Schley

January 2, 2014 

Grant B Schley was born in Chapenville New York in 1845. He began his career in finance at the age of 16 as a clerk. At the age of 40, he entered the brokerage business as a partner of John B Moore.

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Beyond Britannia - George H Robinson

Beyond Britannia - George H Robinson

January 02, 2014

Born in Ohio around 1850, George H. Robinson moved west in 1878 to work as an engineer for the Santa Fe Railway. By 1880 he was employed mapping underground mine workings for the Leadville silver mines of Colorado (in 1880 one of the world’s largest mining camps).

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Beyond Britannia - Fritz Heinze

Beyond Britannia - Fritz Heinze

January 02, 2014

Fritz Heinze arrived in Butte Montana in 1889 from Brooklyn, New York, where he worked as a surveyor for the Boston and Montana Company. It is at this job that he learned of the riches beneath Butte.

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Beyond Britannia - Stories of People and Events that Shaped our Mine

Beyond Britannia - Stories of People and Events that Shaped our Mine

January 2, 2014

For British Columbia, it was the fur trade, followed by the fisheries, and coal on Vancouver Island that sparked settlement along the coast. It was gold that drove the opening of the interior however.

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Collecting for Kids - Where to Start?

Collecting for Kids - Where to Start?

August 1, 2013


Whether they want to collect minerals and fossils, Kinder Egg toys, shells, books, Lego or Barbie dolls (the list is endless), collecting is a great way for kids to learn something new, get creative and get focused. 

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Edible Gold - A Glamorous Treat or A Frivolous Act?

Edible Gold - A Glamorous Treat or A Frivolous Act?

July 6, 2013

Gold is biologically inert and one of the least reactive chemical elements (that is solid under standard conditions). In other words, you can eat pure gold and it won't do you harm.

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How The Britannia Mine Started - Part 1

How The Britannia Mine Started - Part 1

June 23, 2013

When most people drive by Britannia Beach today they have little sense of how massive the Britannia Mine was.  At the height of production in the late 1920s to early 1930s, it was supplying an impressive 17% of 

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