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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Johnstone MacDonald (1875-1949)

Building contractor.

In 1908, he formed M & M Construction Company (later known as Macaw and MacDonald) in partnership with Arthur Macaw and they specialized in the construction of bridges around Manitoba. On 30 July 1949, he died while rowing across the Saskatchewan River near Swift Current, Saskatchewan during construction of a bridge over it. He was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Some of his other construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Island Park Bridge

Portage la Prairie

?

 

Grosvenor Apartments

812 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Provencher Bridge

Winnipeg

1914-1918

Demolished (?)

Bowsman Union School No. 1273

Bowsman

1926

Demolished (?)

Highway #10 Concrete Bridge

RM of Whitewater

1929

 

Island Park Bridge

Royal Road, Portage la Prairie

1929

Demolished (2019)

Lac du Bonnet Steel Girder Bridge

RM of Lac du Bonnet

1931

 

St. James Bridge

Winnipeg

1935-1936

 

Selkirk Lift Bridge

Selkirk

1935-1936

 

Omand’s Creek Bridge

Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1936

 

Pine Falls Generating Station

Powerview

1949-1950

 

Red River Bridge

St. Jean

?

 

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 August 1949, page 20.

Pioneering in Highway Bridges for the Province of Manitoba and the Engineering Profession by George A. DePauw, 1993, page 13.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Sidney Macaw for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 February 2019

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