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Memorable Manitobans: Betty Farrally (1915-1989)

Dancer and dance administrator.

Born at Bradford, England on 5 May 1915, daughter of Arthur Hay and Ada Sugden, she was educated at Harrogate Ladies College and married Kenneth Ripley, although she used the surname Farrally for professional purposes. In 1938, she emigrated to Canada with her friend Gweneth Lloyd. The two established a dance studio at Winnipeg and founded the dance company that became the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Farrally served as Director of the Ballet from 1955 to 1957 and later moved to Kelowna, British Columbia where she taught dance. In recognition of her community service, she received a Manitoba Centennial Medal (1970) and was inducted into the Order of Canada (1981). She died at Kelowna on 9 April 1989. In 2013, her former Winnipeg home was designated in the MHS Homes of Memorable Manitobans program.

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Gweneth Lloyd (1901-1993)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Strathy House (164 Harrow Street, Winnipeg)


Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 September 2019

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