Alright, let's see, what can I say as to the history of this mine. So far the only thing that I have found is from an old "The Toronto World" newspaper article from Feb 6, 1919.
"Sperrylite had been found previously at the neighboring Vermilion mine, so that this was the second locality for the mineral [...] since the Vermilion mine was taken up for gold and not for nickel and copper."
"The famous Vermilion Mine, about a half southeast of the Victoria Mine, has a most interesting history. In the early days it was guarded by four or five men armed with Winchester rifles, so rich was its treasure of precious metals, gold, silver, platinum, palladium, iridium, rhodium, together with the commoner metals, nickel and copper.
The property was first operated as a gold mine in 1887. To quote again from Dr. Coleman's report: "Nickel Industry," Page 44: The Vermilion was first taken up as a gold mine in 1887, and a shaft was sunk by Messrs, Tough and Stobie on a small quartz vein the following year, on the low ground, 930 feet north of the present mine, and just beyond the Crean Hill Railway: the name coming from Vermilion River, which flows two or three miles to the southeast. A shaft was sunk 40 feet on the quartz vein and some very rich ore (wire gold), was found on the surface and also to some extent in the wall rock."
For the full article regarding a few mines in the area click here
Anyways, I will post more information if/when I get more! In the mean time, enjoy the pics!