Archibald Blue, the first Director of the Ontario Bureau of Mines, wrote the First Report of The Bureau of Mines in 1892. Encouraged by the then recent discoveries of nickel at Sudbury, iron ores around Lake Superior, gold in the Lake of the Woods district, natural gas and gypsum in southern Ontario, and kaolin in northeastern Ontario, he stated that “…we are being treated to a succession of surprises, and the work of prospecting the Province for minerals has been scarcely begun as yet in a systematic and intelligent way.” In addition, he surmised that “Important discoveries are being made...

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