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Memorable Manitobans: William Brydon (1847-1930)

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William Brydon
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Building contractor.

Born at Guelph, Ontario on 21 October 1847, son of Robert Brydon and Ellen Elliott, he left school at the age of 17 to learn the builder's trade, also taking a course in business at Georgetown Academy for three years. He came to Winnipeg in 1874 and worked for J. B. Clark to erect the old St. Mary's Church. He then began contracting on his own, eventually forming the firm of Brydon & Company to do building contracting, appraisal, and adjusting. Among his building project was the first skating rink in Winnipeg. He was elected a Winnipeg City Alderman in 1883 and was later appointed to the city’s Board of Valuation. He was a member of the AF & AM (St. John’s Lodge) and IOOF (North Star Lodge, of which he was Grand Master). He and wife Jennie Muir (c1858-1913) had no children. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 154 Rupert Avenue, on 25 August 1930.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Harris House (26 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Warehouse (104-108 Princess Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: La Riviere Brickyard (La Riviere, Municipality of Pembina)

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: Press Brick and Tile Company / Phoenix Brick Works


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“William Brydon dies; was former alderman,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 August 1930.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 September 2020

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