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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth “Bessie” Lawrie (1889-1966)


Born at Winnipeg on 27 June 1889, daughter of James Lawrie and Elizabeth Hunter, she joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Board in 1910 and successively worked at Lord Selkirk School (1910-1913), Alexandra School (1914-1924), and Isaac Brock School. She was then appointed Principal of Fort Rouge School (1930-1931), serving there until being transferred to Queenston School (1931-1938). She was then a Primary Supervisor until retirement in 1949, after which she made an extended visit to Scotland, and served as President of the Manitoba Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of the Women’s Musical Club. She was good friends with fellow teacher Maude Peacock. She died at Winnipeg on 1 March 1966 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1966, page 28.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 June 2015

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