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Memorable Manitobans: John Robert Gunne (1870-1935)

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John Robert Gunne
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Physician, MLA (1903-1907).

Born in Ontario on 20 February 1870, son of Robert Gunne (1822-1900) and Margaret Gunne (1841-1916), and brother of Beatrice Drake Gunne, he came to Dauphin in 1893 where his father was a Dominion Land Agent. For the next few years he was the only doctor in the community and answered calls from as far away as 50 miles.

In 1903 he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature representing the Dauphin constituency. In 1905 he moved to Kenora, Ontario and went into a medical partnership with his brother, J. W. F. Gunne. Later deciding to specialize, he made two trips to Europe, in 1905 and 1910, where he took postgraduate work in London and Vienna. On his return, he practiced medicine at Winnipeg with A. W. Moody, later returning to Dauphin where he organized a medical clinic, working there until his death.

He was married twice, first on 8 April 1903 to Christina Malcolm (?-1922, sister of Thomas T. Malcolm) and later to Maizie Parker in 1928. He served as President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1927).

He died at Dauphin on 5 June 1935 and was buried there.


Marriage and death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. J. R. Gunne dies suddenly at Dauphyin, age 63,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1935, page 1.

“Funeral services held at Dauphin for Dr. J. R. Gunne,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1935, page 4.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 September 2018

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