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Memorable Manitobans: Francis John Collyer (1865-1948)

Farmer, livestock breeder, local politician.

Born at Sussex, England, he came to Manitoba in 1882 to homestead in the Welwyn district. He became first Secretary-Treasurer of the Welwyn Farmer’s Elevator Company, became a director of the Grain Growers Grain Company in 193 and served as director of the United Grain Growers from 1916 to 1944. He was a member of the Canadian Council of Agriculture. A successful grain farmer, he also bred Aberdeen Angus and helped establish the Canadian Aberdeen Association. He was active in local government, being appointed a justice of the peace in 1894 and serving as chairman of the board of the Rutherglen Consolidated School. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2013

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