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Memorable Manitobans: William Hanbury (1858-1940)

General contractor.

Born at Markdale, Ontario on 28 February 1858, brother of John Hanbury, he came to Manitoba in 1885 and settled at Brandon where he started a general contracting business. He was responsible for building the mental hospital and post office buildings in Brandon. He moved to Winnipeg in 1894 and continued in business for about 26 years.

A keen horseman, he was a pioneer member of the Winnipeg Amateur Driving Club which ran trotting horses at River Park. He was a member of All Saints’ Anglican Church.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 215 Maryland Street, on 30 August 1940 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


“Hanbury burial to be Tuesday” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 96]

Page revised: 14 July 2009

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