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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur John Bonnett (1874-1942)

Building contractor.

Born at Woodstock, Ontario on 4 July 1874, he came to Winnipeg in 1904 and worked as a general contractor under the name of A. J. Bonnett and Brothers. On 15 February 1899, he married Catherine Annie Gillies (1879-1959) at Woodstock and they subsequently had three children: Cecil George Bonnett (1903-1978), Robert Frank Bonnett (1904-1957), and Marion Isabel Bonnett (1906-?, wife of Ellwood Simon Van Alstyne). He was a member of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, Builders’ Exchange, Masons (Lord Selkirk Lodge), IOOF (Hiawatha Lodge), St. John's Curling Club (President, 1922-1923), and St. John’s United Church. He died at his Winnipeg home, 101 Cathedral Avenue, on 3 March 1942 and was buried in the St. John's Cathedral Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:





Johnstone Block

209 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg



Jackson House

15 West Gate, Winnipeg



King Memorial United Church

127 Cobourg Avenue, Winnipeg




Ontario birth registration [Cecil George Bonnett], Ancestry.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“A. J. Bonnett, builder, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 March 1942, page 17.

“Frank Bonnett, early radio ‘ham’ dies at home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1957, page 4.

Obituary [Catherine A. Bonnett], Winnipeg Tribune, 26 December 1959, page 27.

Obituary [Cecil G. Bonnett], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 1978, page 45.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2022

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