Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Top 10

Jens Munk at Churchill
Field Trip:

Manitoba History No. 89

No. 89

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Irwin Brownlee (1886-1973)

Educator, physician.

Born at Cannington Manor, North West Territories (now Saskatchewan) in 1886, he graduated with a BA degree from the University of Manitoba in 1912, then taught school as the Principal of the Russell School (1912-1913). While there, he met local girl and fellow teacher Lillian Edith Frances Storey (1889-1983), marrying her on 15 June 1918 and subsequently having three children. In 1915, he completed an MA thesis on temperature regulation in cold-blooded animals at the University of Manitoba then he attended the Manitoba Medical College, graduating in 1920. He practiced medicine at Foxwarren for five years then returned to Russell in 1925 to take over the medical practice of Dr. W. J. Bates, serving the medical needs of the community until retirement in December 1971. For four years during the Second World War, he was a member of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. He died in 1973.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brownlee House (309 Memorial Avenue North, Russell)


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Russell doctor retires,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1971, page 72.

Obituary [Lillian Brownlee], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1983, page 39.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2013

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

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 | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

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

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.