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Memorable Manitobans: Arnot G. V. Leishman (1878-1951)

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Arnot G. V. Leishman
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Born at South Gore, Ontario on 25 December 1878, son of Rev. J. Leishman and Carrie Glassup, he attended school at Barrie, Ontario, graduating from high school in 1898. He came to Manitoba in 1900 and taught school until 1901 when he enrolled in the Manitoba Medical College from which he received an MD degree in 1905. Later that year, he established a medical practice at Shoal Lake. He served as President of the Shoal Lake hospital board and also health officer at Shoal Lake. He moved to Winnipeg and Medical Officer for the Municipality of East Kildonan (1920-1923) and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology (1923-1939).

On 25 May 1910, he married Ethel Ward Murray (?-1948), daughter of David Murray, at Fleming, Saskatchewan. They had two children, John David Leishman (1911-?) and Edna Caroline Leishman (1913-2009). He was a member of the Canadian Medical Association, Masons (Blue Lodge), Canadian Order of Foresters, Independent Order of Foresters, and Westminster United Church.

He died in Winnipeg on 5 February 1951 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“The old family album,” Shoal Lake Star, 22 March 1934, page 5.

“Rites Wednesday for Dr. Leishman,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 February 1951, page 23.

“Dr. A. G. V. Leishman buried in Winnipeg,” Shoal Lake Star, 8 February 1951, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 November 2017

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