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Memorable Manitobans: David Bruce Harkness (1872-1948)

Cleric, judge.

Born in Ontario on 26 February 1872, he was educated at McMaster University and came to Emerson as a Baptist minister. He was the first editor of Western Outlook, the official journal of the Baptist Convention of Western Canada, and became the first judge of the Winnipeg juvenile court (1922-1925). He helped draft the Manitoba Child Welfare Act and the Winnipeg Juvenile Delinquency Act. He was active in the early Community Chest of Winnipeg. In 1925, he resigned and moved to Toronto, where he helped establish the city’s welfare department and headed its unemployment and relief department. He died at his home in Burlington, Ontario on 31 January 1948.


“Juvenile Court ex-judge dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 February 1948, page 13.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 July 2014

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