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Memorable Manitobans: William Alexander Dunbar (1841-1920)


Born at Aberdeenshire, Scotland, he emigrated to Canada in 1858 and studied medicine at Toronto. He arrived at Winnipeg in 1882 and practiced as a veterinary surgeon. In 1866, he married Martha Anderson Dunbar (1841-1921) and had two children: William Davidson Dunbar (1867-1919) and Jessie May Dunbar (1869-1905, wife of George A. Lister). He was the founding President of the Winnipeg Burns Club, in 1911. He died at his Winnipeg home on 15 October 1920 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Deaths [Jessie Dunbar Lister],” Manitoba Free Press, 29 December 1905, page 13.

“Deaths,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 October 1920, page 25.

“Deaths and Funerals [Martha Anderson Dunbar],” Manitoba Free Press, 2 June 1921, page 4.

“Leader among Scots of city passes away,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 October 1920. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 16 March 2014

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