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Memorable Manitobans: A. A. MacDonell (1879-1948)

Craftsman, labour representative.

Born in 1879 in St. Eustache, a photo-engraver by trade, he was active in local trade union circles. He learned his craft in Winnipeg while working with Bulman Brothers. Around 1900, he moved to Buffalo, Cleveland, and Toronto. He later returned to Winnipeg and was employed with Ransome Engravers, Rapid Grip, Batten and Brigden’s where he retired in 1943.

From July 1937 to his death, he served as a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Manitoba where he was a labour representative. He was also a member and former president of the photo-engraver union, local 37, where he represented the union on the Trade and Labor Council for 30 years. He retired from the union in 1940.

In 1904, he married Martha Matilda Male of Listowel, Ontario in Toronto. The couple had one daughter, Mrs. H. McCrea and four sons, John A. MacDonell, Gordon T. MacDonell, Walter C. MacDonell, and George K. MacDonell.

He died at Winnipeg in March 1948.


“A. MacDonell U. Board Member, Dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1948, page 6. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 14]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 12 June 2010

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