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Memorable Manitobans: Angus Brabant (1865-1928)

Fur trader.

Born at Clayton, New York in 1865, son of F. X. Brabant and Mary MacDonald, he became employed as a clerk with the Hudson’s Bay Company in May 1886. Fluent in French, Cree, Ojibway, and Chipewayan, he served as Cumberland House and other posts, being Post Manager at Chipewayan in 1898. Two years later he went to Fort Smith. In 1904, he was made District Inspector for Athabasca, headquartered at Edmonton, spending three years there. In 1908, he was appointed District Manager for Mackenzie. He moved to McMurray in 1916 where he served until being appointed Fur Commissioner in June 1920. Finally attaining the title of Chief Factor, he retired in January 1927 and moved to British Columbia. He was married to Josephine DuChambeau, daughter of Hon. George DuChambeau. They had one daughter, M. Brabant (wife of James G. Woolison). He is a member of Manitoba Club, Country Motor Club, and Southwood Golf Club. He died at Vancouver on 9 November 1928.


“A. Brabant promoted,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 May 1908, page 1.

“Brabant named H.B. Fur Commissioner,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 June 1920, page 17.

“Woolison - Brabant,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 June 1922, page 8.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“H. B. Co. officer to retire after 41 years’ work,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 January 1927, page 1.

“Angus Brabant, with H.B.Co. 41 years, dies at 64,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 November 1928, page 3.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 January 2015

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