Women II

Elina Peronius is a woman who is part of gold history in the areas of Tankavaara and Laanila. Elina participated gold prospecting since 1930s and perhaps even earlier, being first in the area of Laanila and later on in Tankavaara area. She became the first woman as an owner of open pit mine claim when her husband, Max Peronius, was killed after stepping to a mine in autumn 1946. Despite the death of Max, the work continued in Purnu (claim) next summer 1947 for Elina’s expense. Couple of summers later in 1950 her sons Jouko and Tauno Virtanen found the biggest gold nugget of Tankavaara when almost 183 gram Virtanen saw daylight. The nugget contained not just gold but also abnormally big percentage of minerals, which made Geological Survey of Finland became interested in Tankavaara area. Elina Peronius gave up her claim in summer 1954. Due to the composition of the nugget found the GSF continued its research in the area. Photo: Archives of Gold Prospector Museum.

Tyyne Tähti worked as a cook in Lemmenjoki, for the group of prospectors at the main base of Morgam. First time she was there in summer 1949 and worked for few more summers and at least one spring or winter. According to the pictures taken in those days she tried gold panning, too, during her days-off as did many other cooks and women working in the area those days. That was a common practice. Tyyne’s way went later more south and at least by 1960s she moved to Ylivieska, Raudaskylä and her surname changed when she got married. In 2005, she donated small collection of photos related to Lemmenjoki gold history in digital form to the Gold Prospector Museum.

Photo: Archives of Gold Prospector Museum/ Pellinen.