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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Cameron Donaldson (1891-1973)

Meat packer, MLA (1950-1953).

Born at Brandon on 12 January 1891, son of Joseph Donaldson and Elizabeth Wallis, he worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the late 1920s and later for meat companies in the United States, returning to Brandon in 1936. He founded Brandon Packers and operated the firm in Brandon from 1940 to the mid-1950s when he sold it. Among his innovations was the use of transparent wrap to display consumer portions of meat.

Elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1949 as a Progressive Conservative, he resigned two years later when the party withdrew from the coalition government of Douglas L. Campbell. He served as President of the Brandon General Hospital (1947-1949), President of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair (1928-1929), was active in the early days of the 4H movement, and was an international exhibitor of cattle and horses.

He died at Brandon on 27 April 1973 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Funeral held today for former Tory MLA,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 May 1973. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B16, pages 160-161]

“Funeral held for Donaldson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 May 1973. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B16, pages 160-161]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 February 2017

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