April 13, 1933
Duparquet is a ville in northwestern Quebec, Canada in the MRC d'Abitibi-Ouest. It covers 157.4 km² and had a population of 657 as of the Canada 2011 Census.
Duparquet, Quebec Wikipedia
In 1912, a rich gold vein was discovered near Lake Duparquet by a prospector named Beattie. He set up the Beattie Gold Mine company that began operation in 1933. That same year, the new community forming at the mine was incorporated as Ville de Duparquet, named after the geographic township in which it is located. The township was named in 1916 in honour of Jean-Annet Chabreuil Du Parquet, a grenadier captain of the La Sarre Regiment, that was part of General Montcalm's army.
After producing 1 million ounces of gold and killing at least 27 miners, including 4 in a landslide on 9 July 1946, the mine closed in 1956. But the owners of the mining rights are currently considering reopening it as an open-pit mine.
Population trend:Population in 2011: 657 (2006 to 2011 population change: 2.8%)
Population in 2006: 639
Population in 2001: 675
Population in 1996: 738
Population in 1991: 680
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 312 (total dwellings: 359)
Mother tongue:English as first language: 4.7%
French as first language: 93.0%
English and French as first language: 0%
Other as first language: 2.3%
birthplace of Chicago Black Hawks player Moose Vasko of the 1960s.
Johanne Morasse (born March 12, 1957), a Quebec politician and teacher
Mayor: Gilbert Rivard
Councillors: Monique Lévesque Baril, Alain Letarte, Jean-Pierre Julien, Isabelle Proulx, Sylvie Lafortune, Solange Gamache
General Director: Lise Boucher