Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 143 years


Memorable Manitobans: John Bourke (1823-1887)

Buffalo hunter.

Born in 1823, a mixed-blood buffalo hunter from St. James Parish, he married Elizabeth Fidler. With William Hallett, he helped James Stewart break out of jail in 1863. He was also one of a party that met on 7 December 1869 in Winnipeg at the office of Bannatyne and Begg. The gathering decided to tell John Schultz that he was endangering the whole settlement and that he needed to withdraw his party from the fortified houses it was holding. He died in 1887.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 October 2021

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z


Send corrections and additions to this page
to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban | Firsts | Acknowledgements

Help us keep
history alive!

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2022 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.