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Memorable Manitobans: Lilian Marion “Lily” Aitchison (?-1913)


For a decade, she resided in Winnipeg with her sister, Jane Aitchison. She applied to the Winnipeg School Board around June 1897 for the position of Supervisor of Music (held by the retiring Mrs. S. Thompson), but lost the posting to Laurence H. J. Minchin. A member of the city teaching staff by August 1897, her position is uncertain until she became Principal of Gladstone School (1899-1900, 1901-1903). In early 1903, she became Acting Supervisor of Drawing, serving in a temporary capacity until June of that year when she then appointed to the permanent position, serving as such for the next decade. She was involved with the Children’s Aid Society, including serving on its board of directors (1912-1913).

She died, unmarried, at the Clifton Spring Sanatorium in New York State on 28 February 1913 following complications from a medical operation. Her body was returned to Winnipeg where a well-attended ceremony was held on 7 March at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Burial followed at the St. James Cemetery. Her pallbearers were James Dowker, H. T. Marlow, George Hilton, Dr. W. Hilton, William Albert McIntyre, and Daniel McIntyre.


“School affairs,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 June 1897, page 3.

“School changes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1897, page 3.

“Probable resignation,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 May 1897, page 2.

“Teachers chosen,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 July 1897, page 3.

“Children’s Aid Society,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 October 1905, page 5.

“School Board will sell houses,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 September 1903, page 8.

“School Board’s business easy,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 September 1903, page 8.

“School teachers are progressive,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 January 1911, page 5.

“Indeterminate prison sentences,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 November 1912, page 20.

Death notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1913, page 8.

Funeral notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 8 March 1913, page 8.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 10 March 1913, page 15.

Winnipeg estate files, #7393 - Lilian M. Aitchison, Archives of Manitoba.

Winnipeg Surrogate Court probate books, B9 folio 223 - Lilian M. Aitchison, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 September 2016

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