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Memorable Manitobans: Edgar Boteler Kenrick (1863-1905)

Professor, chemist.

Born at Eastry, Kent, England on 5 August 1863, son of John Bridges Kenrick, he came to Canada in 1879 and was educated at Upper Canada College and University College, Toronto. He graduated in 1884 with first-class honours in natural science. He worked for the federal government in Ottawa on the geographical survey. In the later 1880s he came to Winnipeg as professor of natural science at St. John’s College, later joining the teaching staff of the University of Manitoba. In 1904, he left the University staff and became Chemist for the Canadian Pacific Railway and Public Analyst for the federal government. He is reputed to have owned the first automobile in Winnipeg, and was a founding member of the Winnipeg Automobile Club. Kenrick died of typhoid at his Winnipeg home, 282 Assiniboine Avenue on 26 January 1905 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


“Professor Kenrick victim of typhoid,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 January 1905, page 1.

“Prof. Kenrick dead!,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 January 1905, page 11.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 September 2019

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