The Ovens
Gold Mines

1861 June – December

(The name "Ovens" refers to the natural sea caves.)



Photographs of
Plaque

The Ovens
Lunenburg County
Nova Scotia



The Ovens: historic plaque

Is this one of the rare examples of a typo on a metal plaque?

"The Ovens yielded 120,000 in gold..." makes no sense.
120,000 ounces? No. This site produced less than 600 ounces
in 96 years. What measure does the "120,000" refer to?

It has been suggested that this is a mistake, perhaps by the
foundry, perhaps in the information supplied to the foundry.

Maybe the 120,000 was meant to be £20,000 and the "£" was
mis-read by someone. However, this does not agree with the
historic price of gold, which was about £3 to £4 per ounce
in the 1860s, at the peak of the Ovens production. A reasonable
estimate of the total value of this site's gold production is
closer to £2,000 than to £20,000.

The plaque text is a mystery.


The Ovens: historic plaque, general view
The Ovens: general view, historic plaque


The Ovens: coast below the plaque
The Atlantic Ocean coast below the plaque


The above photographs were taken on 20 March 2003.





Links to Relevant Websites

Ovens Park website
    http://www.ovenspark.com/


Gold in Nova Scotia
    http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/meb/is/is13.htm


Troy Ounces of Gold Produced
    http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/meb/is/is13tab.htm

The Ovens (1862-1958) 550.4 troy ounces   17.1 kilograms






Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
    http://ns1763.ca/remem/plaques.html



Riverport war memorial Riverport war memorial Riverport
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/riverport.html


Mosher memorial Mosher memorial Lower LaHave
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/moshermem.html


Five Houses cannon Five Houses cannon Lower LaHave
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/5housescann.html


Riverport: John Philip Ritcey monument Ritcey monument Riverport
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/ritceymon.html


Blockhouse Hill cannon Blockhouse Hill cannon Lunenburg
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/blockhsecann.html


Camp Norway memorial Camp Norway memorial Lunenburg
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/norwaycmp.html


Fort Point monument Fort Point monument LaHave
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/lahavefpm.html


Western Shore war memorial Western Shore war memorial
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/weshore.html


Chester Basin war memorial Chester Basin war memorial Chester Basin
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/chbasinm.html


Chester war memorial Chester war memorial
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/chesmem.html


Norwegian war memorial at Chester Norwegian war memorial at Chester
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/norchest.html


New Ross war memorial New Ross war memorial
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/rossmem.html


Parkdale-Maplewood war memorial Parkdale-Maplewood war memorial Parkdale-Maplewood
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/parkmaple.html


Veterans' Memorial Bridge Veterans' Memorial Bridge Bridgewater
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/bridgelahave.html


Military Engineers: Martins River Bridge Military Engineers Martins River Bridge
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/martinsriver.html


Military Engineers: Gold River Bridge Military Engineers Gold River Bridge
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/goldriver.html


Montbeliard monument Montbeliard monument Lunenburg
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/montbeliard.html


Schooner Bluenose plaque Schooner Bluenose plaque Lunenburg
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/bluenosem.html


Sack-of-Lunenburg plaque 1782 Sack of Lunenburg plaque Lunenburg
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/sacklunen.html


Chester Basin: Delbert Webber, blacksmith shop Delbert Webber, blacksmith shop Chester Basin
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/webberdel.html


Lunenburg: Temperance Fountain Temperance Fountain Lunenburg
    http://ns1763.ca/lunenco/temperftn.html


Moose River Gold Mine Moose River Gold Mine collapse Moose River Gold Mines
    http://ns1763.ca/hfxrm/moosegoldm.html


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    http://newscotland1398.ca/hist/nshistory01.html

Go To:   Nova Scotia Historical Biographies
    http://newscotland1398.ca/hist/nshistory00.html#ns-historical-biog

Go To:   Proclamations: Land Grants in Nova Scotia 1757, '58, '59
    http://planter2010.ca/proc/proclamations-ndx.html

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    http://ns1758.ca/rail/railways.html

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    http://ns1758.ca/electric/electric.html

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    http://ns1758.ca/auto/automobiles.html

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First uploaded to the WWW:   2003 April 22