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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Henry (c1885-1966)

Labour leader.

Born at Ayres of Selivoe, Shetland Islands around 1885, he came to Canada in 1910 and worked as a bookkeeper, and later as a road work foreman for the City of Winnipeg. On 2 February 1912, he married Annie Donnelly (c1886-?) at Winnipeg and they had three children: Edna Alexander Henry (1912-?), Ann Maud Donnelly Henry, and Alexander Henry (1916-?). He became active in the labour movement, was a labour candidate in the 1925 federal general election, and was involved in the founding of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. He died at Winnipeg on 21 March 1966 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Alex. Henry labor nominee in centre seat,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1925, page 7.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 1966, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 April 2020

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