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Memorable Manitobans: William Alexander Ellison (c1906-1952)


Born in Australia around 1906, he came to Canada in 1926 and taught at Teulon School (1929-1930). He was the Principal of Grandin School in the Fort Garry area of Winnipeg from 1930 to 1946, when he quit, along with the entire teaching staff of the school, over a dispute with the school board over wages. He taught briefly at the Manitoba Technical Institute, then became the Principal of Lockport School in 1951. While in Fort Garry, he was a Justice of the Peace, helped to found the Grandin Home and School Association, and was a vestryman for St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. On 21 May 1938, he married fellow teacher Lorna Leslie Duxbury (1914-2018) at Winnipeg and they subsequently had three children. He died suddenly at Winnipeg on 19 January 1952 and was buried in the Fort Garry Cemetery.


“School has complete new staff,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1946, page 3.

“Funeral service held Monday for W. A. Ellison,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 1952, page 27.

Obituary [Lorna Leslie Ellison], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 February 2018.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 January 2022

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