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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph B. Chambers (1856-1939)

Lawyer, physician.

Born in Oxford County, Ontario on 12 February 1856, he graduated from Victoria College (Cobourg, Ontario) in 1880. Coming to Manitoba in 1882, he practiced law in Winnipeg and later at Glenboro. In 1895 he entered the Manitoba Medical College, graduating in 1898. He started a medical practice at Elgin where he remained until 1907 when he joined the staff of the Brandon Mental Hospital. In 1912 he was appointed Medical Superintendent of the Selkirk Mental Hospital and, in 1918, he returned to the Brandon facility as its Acting Medical Superintendent until replaced by Charles A. Baragar. He and wife Margaret Ida had five children: James Kerfoot Chambers (b 1893), Anne Lillian Chambers (b 1896, wife of G. M. Newton), Elizabeth Chambers (b 1899), Joseph Chamberlain Chambers (b 1901), and Nora Chambers (b 1904). He retired in 1920 and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1925, where he died on 22 September 1939.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1906 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Pioneer lawyer, doctor is dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 September 1939, page 14.

“Dr. J. B. Chambers dies at Los Angeles,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 September 1939. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

History of the Brandon Mental Health Centre, 1891-1991 by Kurtland Refvik, BMHC Historical Museum, 1991, page 44.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 May 2016

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