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Memorable Manitobans: Clarence Campbell Chipman (1856-1924)

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Click to enlargeBorn at Amherst, Nova Scotia on 24 May 1856, son of John Alen and Abigail Chipman, he was educated at Amherst. He commenced a career in the civil service of Canada with the Department of Public Works at Ottawa, from 1876 to 1878, Finance Department, from 1878 to 1882; private secretary to Sir Charles Tupper, Minister of Railways and Canals, 1883, and private secretary to the High Commissioner for the Dominion of Canada, London, 1884; in charge of organization and management of Canadian exhibit at Antwerp International Exhibition, 1885; organizer and supervisor of expenditure, Canadian section of Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, 1886; private secretary to Sir Charles Tupper at Washington, D.C., during negotiations prior to Atlantic Inshore Fisheries Treaty; appointed chief clerk, Department of Marine and Fisheries, Ottawa, 1886; private secretary to Canadian Minister of Marine and Fisheries, 1890; accompanied Minister to Washington, DC, during Behring Sea negotiations, 1891; appointed Commissioner of Hudson’s Bay Company, with headquarters at Winnipeg, 1891.

In 1882, he married Ada Borradaile of Ottawa. They had three sons and four daughters. He was a member of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Country Racket Club, Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, and York Club (Toronto). Recreations: riding, driving.

From 1891 to 1911, he was Commissioner of the Hudson's Bay Company. After his retirement in 1911, he and his family moved to Leamington Spa, England where he died on 13 February 1924.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“C. C. Chipman Dies His Home In England: Had Lived in Winnipeg 20 Years as Hudson’s Bay Commissioner” Newspaper clipping (source unknown) dated 13 February 1924. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Page revised: 27 May 2009

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