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Memorable Manitobans: Marshall Jerome Gauvin (1881-1978)

Free thinker.

Born near Moncton, New Brunswick on 3 April 1881, to Acadian parents, he worked for the Canadian National Railway for eleven years while educating himself to be a public lecturer on free thinking. He toured North America for 14 years before settling in Winnipeg in 1926 at the invitation of the One Big Union. He lectured weekly from 1926 to 1940 at various theatres in the city. After he retired, he worked at MacDonald Aircraft Limited during the Second World War. He was the author of Fundamentals of Free Thought (1923). He died at his Winnipeg home, 943 Dorchester Avenue, on 23 September 1978. His papers are in the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections and his extensive library of esoteric thought is there as well.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1978, page 134.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 November 2017

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