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Memorable Manitobans: Evelyn Alberta Cleverly “Eve” Dunn (1900-1994)

Artist.

Born at Fleming, Saskatchewan on 29 October 1900, daughter of George and Nellie Cleverly, at the age of 14 she got a job working in the audit department of the T. Eaton department store to help support her family while her father was serving in the military during the First World War. A keen amateur artist, her boss noticed her sketches and offered her additional part-time working drawing for the store catalogue. She later attended art schools in Mexico and Canada. Following her marriage to husband Henry Dunn, whose work for the Canadian National Railway took them all over Manitoba, she decided to pursue a career in art. Her painting of prairie scenes would eventually be displayed throughout Manitoba and elsewhere in Canada. In 1974, she was given a good citizenship award by Lieutenant-Governor W. J. McKeag. She died at Wawanesa on 7 July 1994 and was buried in Brandon Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“6 Manitobans honored by tourist association,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 1974, page 11.

“Portraits from a small town,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1991, page 120.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1994, page 42.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1994, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 August 2014

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