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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Farrer (1850-1916)


Born in England and came to Canada in 1870. He worked on the editorial staff of the Daily Telegraph in Toronto until 1872, when he returned to Ireland as immigration agent for the Canadian government. Later he became foreign editor of the New York World. From 1882-1884 he was editor-in-chief of the New York Mail. He then came to Winnipeg and worked on the Winnipeg Sun and The Times. Farrer returned to Toronto to the staff of the Toronto Globe. In 1882 he retired from active journalism. On various occasions he acted as confidential agent for the Laurier government. He died in Ottawa on 27 April 1916.


“Edward Farrer dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 April 1916, page 12.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 April 2020

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