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Memorable Manitobans: Una Frances Arnett Bowles (1913-2016)

Historian, chateleine.

Born at Souris on 29 November 1913, daughter of Eliza Briggs Grant (1877-1978) and Thomas Lewis Arnett, she was educated at Kelvin High School, Gordon Bell High School, and University of Manitoba, majoring in history. In 1940, she married lawyer Richard Spink Bowles and they had four children. She served as Chateleine during her husband’s term as Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (1965-1970) and was President of the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg (1975-1977). She died at Winnipeg on 13 May 2016 and was buried in the Union Point Cemetery.

Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Manitoba’s Government House
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 25 (Special Supplement), 1968-1969 Season


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Arnett Family” The People of Souris and Glenwood From the Early Beginnings to the Present, Souris and District Heritage Club, 2006, page 262.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 2016.

We thank James Arnett and Sheldon Bowles for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 June 2022

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