AME BC History - 1930s

Dr. Victor Dolmage, elected president in 1930, quickly appointed five committees: Finance; Exhibitions and Conventions; Lectures; Legal and Legislative; and Subscriptions to Membership.  That year AME BC once again stated its opposition to placing restrictions on prospecting for minerals in park areas and came out strongly against the suggestion of a reserve between Pitt Lake and Allouette Lake.

In February of 1931, AME BC urged the federal government to give financial assistance to prospectors.  For the next few years AME BC received numerous inquiries regarding placer and lode gold deposits.  The depression boom in gold mining was on.  As many individuals were interested in trying to survive the depression by placer mining, AME BC published a booklet “Elementary Methods of Placer Mining”.  In the fall of 1932, Dr. Harry V. Warren, longtime professor at the University of British Columbia at the time of writing, taught at the annual Prospector’s Training classes.   He has continued to teach for many more decades

During 1933 and 1934, much of AME BC’s efforts had to deal with gold, ranging from prospecting through production to its sale including submitting recommendations to government regarding proposed changes to the “Mineral” and “Placer” Acts as well as to the “Security Fraud Prevention” Act.  It was estimated that some 12,000 people were using AME BC’s services each year.  In May of 1933, Frank Woodside’s son, Sanford Woodside, came to help out at AME BC, staying for some 48 years until his retirement in 1981.

Dr. W.B. Burnett elected president in 1935, served until 1940 and immediately became involved in extensive AME BC plans for a Mining Week July 20-25, 1936 to be held as part of Vancouver’s Golden Jubilee.  The week-long event included, amongst other things, a parade with stage coaches, pack trains, a team of oxen, mine rescue demonstrations, a rock drilling contest, mineral displays and an operating placer mining exhibit. AME BC continued its efforts to help men become prospectors and placer miners during this period.  During the late thirties vigorous opposition to proposed amendments to existing mining legislation resulted in their being set aside.  The most objectionable amendment called for the blazing of four lines around the boundaries of and placing a post at the corner of each claim.