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Memorable Manitobans: Emily Irene Morphy Craig (c1885-1968)

Drama teacher, historian.

Born at Toronto, Ontario around 1885, daughter of Henry Edmund Morphy and Miriam Pellatt, she married engineer John Craig on 15 August 1908, at Toronto, and moved with him to Winnipeg in 1921. She aided him in developing the theatre into the outstanding organization that it became. After the death of her husband, in 1946, she took over his classes as well as her own at United College (later the University of Winnipeg) and St. Johns College. She co-wrote with Helena Macvicar the book Tales and Trails of Western Canada (1947). She died at Uxbridge, Ontario on 23 May 1968 and was buried in the Union Cemetery at Oshawa.

Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Grease Paint on the Prairies: An Account of the Theatres, the Plays and Players of Winnipeg to 1921
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1946-47 Season, April 1947

The Coat of Arms
Manitoba Pageant, April 1956

Red River Surveys
Manitoba Pageant, April 1956

Place Names
Manitoba Pageant, April 1956

The Golden Boy
Manitoba Pageant, September 1956

Place Names
Manitoba Pageant, September 1956

Alexander Henrys Hen
Manitoba Pageant, January 1957

Lopsticks
Manitoba Pageant, January 1957

The Lady of the Lamp
Manitoba Pageant, April 1957

Early Visitors
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 3, Number 1, September 1957

When Bobby Came to Main Street
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 3, Number 2, January 1958

The Man Who Make Birch Bark Talk
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 4, Number 2, January 1959

Manitobas Floral Emblem
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 4, Number 3, April 1959

Those Women
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 5, Number 1, September 1959

Pioneer Shopping
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 6, Number 1, September 1960

Utilities Now and Then
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 6, Number 2, January 1961

The Crocus-Loving Consul
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 7, Number 1, September 1961

Sources:

Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary [E. Irene Craig], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1968, page 29.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 September 2016

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