Noah Timmins

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Noah Anthony Timmins (March 31, 1867 – January 22, 1936) was a Canadian mining developer and executive who is considered a founding father of Canada's mining industry.

Background and mining achievements[edit]

Timmins was born in Mattawa, Ontario.

Noah Timmins, along with his brother Henry, bought into the LaRose silver claim in Cobalt, Ontario at the start of the Cobalt silver rush.[1]

Although the family company explored stakes and mining operations all over the world, the greatest find was the important Hollinger Gold Mines in Timmins, Ontario, the city that bears his name.

Noah and his nephew Alphonse, a mining engineer who had studied at the Royal Military College of Canada negotiated with Alex Gillies and Benny Hollinger, who had uncovered the Hollinger gold mine. Alphonse described it: “It was as if a giant cauldron had splattered the gold nuggets over a bed of pure blue quartz crystals as a setting for some magnificent crown jewels of inestimable value.” On the strength of his nephew’s information, Noah committed himself to paying $530,000.[2]

In 1987, Noah was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and is also an inductee of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

Noah Timmins died in 1936 while vacationing in Palm Beach, Florida.

Family links[edit]

Four of Timmins' great-grandchildren are notable entertainers: Margo, Michael and Peter formed the alternative country band Cowboy Junkies, and Cali is an actress.


  1. ^ Barnes, Michael (1986). Fortunes in the Ground. Erin, Ontario: The Boston Mills Press. pp. 16–17. ISBN 091978352X. 
  2. ^ "Quebec Heritage News" (PDF). Archived from the original on August 3, 2007. Retrieved September 29, 2013.  at

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