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Memorable Manitobans: William Neil “Bill” Gilchrist (1908-1999)


Born on a farm near Sinclair on 30 April 1908, son of Edith Cecilia Shaw and Thomas Gilchrist, he attended Sinclair School. In August 1926, he began teaching school, serving at such rural schools as Prairie Rose School (?-?), Ewart School (1932-1933), and Pierson School (1933-1934), along with service as Principal of Waskada School (1934-1940) and Deloraine School (1940-1952). While living in Deloraine, he also worked as a part-time hail adjuster. In 1952, he moved to Winnipeg where he taught mathematics at Mulvey School (1953-1955), Isaac Newton School (?-?), Lord Selkirk School (1955-1958), Technical Vocational Institute (?-?), and Elmwood High School (?-?). He retired in June 1973. On 5 August 1936, he married Anna Mabel Brownlee (1909-2003) at Sinclair and they had three children. He died at Winnipeg on 21 February 1999.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Engagement,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1936, page 8.

Deloraine Scans a Century 1880-1980: A History of Deloraine and District, pages 458-459.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 February 1999, page 34.

Obituary [Anna Mabel Gilchrist], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 2003.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2021

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