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Memorable Manitobans: Allison Fulton James Heather (1905-1989)

Mining engineer.

Born at Winnipeg on 28 May 1905, after graduation, he went to the University of North Dakota, graduating with a Professional Engineer of Mining and Metallurgy Degree in 1937. After working in Quebec for some time, in 1948 he moved back to Manitoba to work at Snow Lake Howe Sound Mine. In 1953, he moved to Madsen, Ontario as Mine Manager. There, he pioneered many underground mining techniques and was instrumental in developing the hardrock reaming bit which is used worldwide. After leaving in 1964, he worked as a consultant for various mines in Manitoba, Ontario and in the West Indies. In 1957, he was honored by the St. John Ambulance Society for outstanding service in promotion of the Mine Safety Program and in 1972, he was made a life member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He died at Winnipeg on 23 February 1989.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Saturday, 25 February 1989, page 40.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 18 October 2009

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