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Memorable Manitobans: Arnold Munroe Campbell (1892-1963)

Lawyer, satirist, judge.

Born at East Kildonan on 15 July 1892, a fourth-generation descendant of Selkirk settlers, he graduated in arts at the University of Manitoba in 1918 and received his law degree while serving overseas with the 76th Battery of Canadian Field Artillery. Called to the Manitoba Bar in 1920, he was one of the creators of “The Diary of Harold Lex,” a fictitious journal that ran in the Winnipeg newspapers for several years during the 1940s. He was elected President of the Manitoba Bar Association in 1942 and became a judge of Manitoba’s Court of King’s Bench in 1947. He served as a Bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba from 1944 to 1947, and was made a King’s Counsel in 1942.

On 26 December 1917, he married Petrina Lena Isabel Wilson at Winnipeg. They had three children: Andrew Lorne Campbell, Allan Barrie Campbell, and Barbara Campbell (wife of John L. Carpenter). He was a President of the Blackstone Club and the Lord Selkirk Association of Rupert’s Land.

He died during surgery on 13 February 1963 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.


Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“New Year’s honors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1942, page 4.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1963.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 January 2014

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