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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Jardine Hunter (1868-1940)

Medical missionary.

Born at Leith, Ontario in February 1868, he attended the University of Toronto medical school and Knox College (Toronto), graduating in 1899. He became a medical missionary for the Presbyterian Home Missionary Society, setting up operations in Teulon in 1902, where he also practiced medicine.

In November 1914, he married Georgina Ellen Young (1885-1975) and they had three children: John Alexander Hunter (1916-?), James Gordon Hunter (1918-?), and Elizabeth Jean Hunter (1920-?, wife of Leslie George Robinson). He learned Ukrainian and translated Ukrainian stories and poems into English, including the poetry of Taras Shevchenko, notably Shevchenko’s Kozbar (1922). He studied insects, and a fly (Chilosia hunteri) was named for him. He wrote The Work Among the Ukrainians (circa 1922). His autobiography A Friendly Adventure: The Story of the United Church Mission among New Canadians at Teulon, Manitoba was published in 1929. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.

He died at Teulon on 25 August 1940 and was buried in the Windsor Cemetery. His home was moved to the Teulon and District Museum in 1985. The hospital in Teulon is named for him.

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Four Winnipeg citizens are among western Canadians recognized by King George in New Year's honors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1935, page 1.

“Alexander Jardine Hunter,” The Canadian Medical Association Journal, October 1940, page 396.

Obituary [Georgina Ellen Hunter], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1975, page 30.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 October 2020

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