The Matachewan area of North-Eastern Ontario, Canada was rather a discovery area to several mining operations. It was within 1951 when the Matachewan Consolidated Mines, Ltd. had made agreements between Matarrow Lead Mines, Ltd to develop the Matarrow Lead Mine Project. The Matarrow Lead Mines, Ltd was first incorporated on July, 1948 with a capitalization of 4,000,000 shares at $1 par value. By 1951, the company itself was well off in finacing this project when 2,923,338 shares were issued. Development of the property was also contracted to Patrick Harrison who had sunk the first shaft to a depth of 347 feet. It was also within this time period when the Matachewan Consolidate Mines, Ltd. had also place the major financing in getting this operation into production. Most of the ore that was produce from the Matarrow Mine Project was also being shipped to the Matachewan Mill.
Annual Mining Report 1952 – Matarrow Lead-Zinc Mine
Mining operations at the historical Matarrow Lead-Zinc Mine were continued onward during 1952. It was within this time period that no additional shaft sinking was done, and lateral development was confined to the newly developed 150 and 300-foot levels. Development during this time period of operating had consisted of 1,780 feet of drifting, 212 feet of crosscutting, and 520 feet of raising. As the mine continued to expand it became stated that the total development footage had amounted to 2,570 feet of drifting, 316 feet of crosscutting, and 520 feet of raising.
Diamond drilling had amounted to 14 surface holes, totalling 2,816 feet, and 43 underground holes, totalling 4,879 feet in length. Production that came from this project had amounted to 32,870 tonnes of ore that was hoisted. Milling that was done at the Matachewan Consolidated Mine had treated 33,870 tonnes of ore from June, 24 to December, 31st, 1952. The much-needed buildings which were started in 1951 became completed, and had consisted of a 90-foot head-frame, with ore and waste bins, a hoist and compressor house, a pump house, and boiler house.
Annual Mining Report 1953- Matarrow Lead-Zinc Mine
Another company reorganization was made on March, 9th, 1953, when the Matarrow Lead Mines, Ltd became the Consolidated Matarrow Mines, Ltd. Prior to this the company at the time had also staked a total of 75 claims in Yarrow Township, within the district of Timiskaming. Mining operations during 1953, had continued under the direction of the Matachewan Consolidated Gold Mines, Ltd from January, 1st to February, 11th, 1953. No actual development was continued during that year besides a minor amount of diamond drilling that consisted of three surface holes, totalling 855 feet in length. Prior to this the company had ended up hoisting a total of 6,295 tonnes of ore from the underground workings, and 6,022 tonnes was treated at the Matachewan Consolidated Mill.
Level Drifting Crosscutting Raising
150-foot level 1,542 feet 61 feet 165 feet
300-foot level 1,028 feet 255 feet 355 feet