Memorable Manitobans: James William Hawker (1870-?)
Born at Brighton, England on 16 March 1870, he began his architectural career there, working from 1900 to 1913 when he emigrated to Canada via the United States. During the First World War, he served as an officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In April 1921, he requested membership in the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA), serving as its President from 1930 to 1931. He worked as a draughtsman for James Chisholm before setting up his own architectural practice, designing homes and apartment blocks from 1922 to 1935. On a visit to England in late 1935, he decided to stay there. No further information on his whereabouts has been found.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
“Permits for 14 homes taken within weeks,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 April 1923, page 6.
“Beautiful residence on Dromore Street,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 May 1928, page 36.
Raleigh Apartments (340 Vaughan Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, January 1997.
We thank Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Robert Hill.
Page revised: 19 May 2023