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Goldenville Gold District

This largest gold district in the province was once known as Nova Scotia's Klondike.

Discovery: August 23,1861 by Nelson Nickerson
Years of Production: 1862-1941
Total Gold Production (troy oz.): 209,383
Photograph of a group of men sitting on rock piles and buildings in Goldenville.

George Hirchfield Gold Mine, Stuart Hardman Property, Goldenville Gold District - 1897. Photograph by E. R. Faribault.

Geological Survey of Canada Photo #5273.

Photograph of shafts and track systems surrounded by piles of discarded rock.

Shafts on the Springfield leads, Bluenose Gold Mining Co., Goldenville Gold District - 1897. Photograph by E. R. Faribault.

Geological Survey of Canada Photo #5274.

Photograph of buildings and mine structures surrounded by piles of discarded rocks.

Looking east toward the New Glasgow Gold Mining Co., Goldenville Gold District - 1897. Photograph by E. R. Faribault.

Geological Survey of Canada Photo #5275.

Photograph of three men around a hoist set over a mine shaft.

Tributer miners at the Goldenville Gold District.

N.S. Department of Natural Resources Historical Mine Photo Collection: Photo: 201982.tif

Photograph of men standing on the surface plant of the Nova Scotia and Mexican Mining Co.

Nova Scotia and Mexican Mining Co., 1903.

N.S. Department of Natural Resources Historical Mine Photo Collection: Photo: 201983.tif

Photograph of the buildings making up the surface plant for Guysborough Mines Ltd.

Surface plant Guysborough Mines Ltd., Goldenville, 1936. N.S. Department of Natural Resources Historical Mine Photo Collection: Photo: 201988.tif

Black and white photograph of a machine and shaft house in the winter.

Guysborough Mines Ltd., machine and shaft house, Goldenville.

N.S. Department of Natural Resources Historical Mine Photo Collection: Photo: 202000.tif

Photograph of men standing around a shaft with pulley system set above it.

Ed Williams Lese (Lease), Goldenville Gold District ca. 1905.

N.S. Archives and Records Management no. 3, Negative N-1708.

Photograph of a group of men standing on a large pile of rock surrounded by rough buildings.

New Glasgow Gold Mining Company's plant, Goldenville ca. 1911.

N.S. Archives and Records Management QE185 A2 no. 20-E (mfm 3715).

Watercolour of the Excelsior stamp mill in Goldenville with horses and wagons bringing ore to crush.

Excelsior (late Chicago) Mill, Goldenville, 1871 by Frederick Nichols; watercolour on paper laid on card; 13.8 x 22.9 cm.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: NTL2008.263

Painting showing town of Goldenville in the 1800s during the winter with mine buildings in the background.

Goldenville, c 1987 by Joseph Purcell; oil on canvas; 24 x 40'

Museum of Industry: I95.86.7

Overview and detail of the geography, geology and settlement of Goldenville Gold District.

Plan and section of the Goldenville Gold District, Guysborough Co., Nova Scotia. E. R. Faribault.

Geological Survey of Canada Old Series Geology Map 645., 1898.

Contemporary satellite map with the historical gold mining areas and tailings noted.

Historical gold mining, Goldenville area, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia. P. K. Smith & T. A. Goodwin.

N. S. Department of Natural Resources Open File Map 2009-1, Sheet 60, 2009