TIME: 11:15 a.m. Registration|
11:45 a.m. Luncheon
12:15 p.m. Guest Speaker
LOCATION: The Fairmont Palliser Hotel
133 - 9 Avenue SW
COST: $25.00 Members / General Public
GUEST SPEAKER: Alice V. Payne, P.Geol.
TOPIC: Quin Kola: Tom Payne's Search for Gold
The story of Tom Payne is an adventure book, amazing, heroic and true. Born to a prominent British physician, the young Tom's restlessness led him to western Canada in 1912, where he first tackled the farming industry.
After a stint in northern Manitoba, freighting supplies for the mines near Flin Flon, he drove a Linn tractor for the ill-fated MacAlpine expedition but ended up seal hunting on the ice of Hudson Bay with an Inuit friend. By the early thirties, he moved to the portage at Fort Smith in northern Alberta where he succumbed to the lure of prospecting. Grubstaked by his employers, his first efforts at Great Bear Lake met with disappointment and near starvation, but he would not give up.
Tom finally discovered a rich gold mine among the quartz veins at Yellowknife: he formed Quin Kola Gold Mines Limited and made an historic mining deal with Cominco. Instead of retiring later in life, he found new partners and drilled an oil well in Alberta. His story illustrates the heady excitement of frontier exploration, with the persistence and luck required for success.
To ensure adequate seating, please pre-register with the Calgary APEGGA office at 262-7714 before Monday, Friday, April 4, 2003. The Calgary Branch now accepts Visa, MasterCard, or American Express for tickets sold prior to the day of the event.