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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Collins (1846-1898)

Newspaper publisher.

Born at Plymouth, England in 1846, he came to Canada and lived at Kingston, Ontario until 1870 when he moved to Manitoba. He worked as a compositor in newspapers in Winnipeg. Moving to Portage la Prairie in 1878, he established the Marquette Review, the first newspaper published west of Winnipeg and served as the first Mayor of Portage la Prairie, in 1879. He later worked as clerk to the Portage court. He moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1888 due to poor health and died there on 28 January 1898.


“Death of Thomas Collins, a newspaper man”, Manitoba Free Press, 31 January 1898, page 5.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Tread of the Pioneers, written and edited by Joseph H. Metcalfe and published by the Portage la Prairie and District Old Timers’ Association, 1932.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 February 2010

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