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Memorable Manitobans: George E. Atkinson (1870-1913)


Born in May 1870 at Toronto, he came to Manitoba in 1883, eventually settling at Portage la Prairie, where he operated a taxidermist shop, and was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters and Elk’s Lodge. On 24 June 1913, while taking his annual boat trip to observe birds along the Assiniboine River from Brandon to Portage la Prairie, he is believed to have suffered an epileptic seizure, fallen overboard and drowned. His body was never recovered.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

The Game Birds of Manitoba
MHS Transactions, Series 1, Number 51, 1898

Manitoba Birds of Prey, and the Small Mammals Destroyed by Them
MHS Transactions, Series 1, Number 53, 1899

Insectivorous Birds of Manitoba
MHS Transactions, Series 1, Number 60, 1903

Rare Bird Records of Manitoba
MHS Transactions, Series 1, Number 65, 1904

A Review-History of the Passenger Pigeon of Manitoba
MHS Transactions, Series 1, Number 68, 1905


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 June 2018

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