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Memorable Manitobans: John Robert Bunn (1855-1932)


Born at the Red River Settlement on 26 August 1855, son of Thomas Bunn and Isabella Clouston, he was educated at St. John’s College then worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company until 1884 when he went into the general mercantile business. He resumed his connection with the HBC in 1890, remaining there until 1901 when he again went into business for himself. In April 1912 he was appointed inspector of Indian agencies for the Lake Winnipeg Inspectorate. He was married to Vashti E. Gunne (?-1931) and they had five children: Charles R. R. Bunn, Victor William Bunn, Thomas Drake Bunn, Marguerite Isabella Bunn, and John Reginald Bunn. He died at his Winnipeg home, 1045 McMillan Avenue, on 21 April 1932 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“John Robt. Bunn, inspector Indian Affairs, expires”, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1932, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2010

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