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Memorable Manitobans: Oscar George Blackburn (1912-2007)

Educator, civil servant.

Born at Montreal, Quebec on 2 April 1912, he was educated in Quebec and Alberta, after which he worked on his stepfather’s farm in the Peace River area. His first paying job was as the first schoolteacher at South Indian Lake, Manitoba. After a few years, he opened a store where he traded for fish and furs caught by the locals, and later worked as a community development officer for the federal government, involved in negoatiations over flooding caused by hydroelectric power production. After retirement, he worked for several years in Thompson before moving to Stonewall where he died on 2 March 2007. He is commemorated by Oscar Blackburn School at South Indian Lake, opened in 1975.


“Trappers, fishermen watch as S. Indian centre opened,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1975, page 76.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 2007, page 18.

Winnipeg estate file PR07-01-75296, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2014

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