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Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Norma McGougan (1886-1972)


Born at Winnipeg on 29 September 1886, eldest of four children of George Beairsto McGougan (1852-1938) and Catherine Ogilvie (c1850-1917), she graduated from the Central Normal School then studied in Paris, at the University of California, and the Banff School of Fine Art. She joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Board in 1910 and taught at Pinkham School (1910-1915) and Albert School (1915-1922). In 1922, she was an exchange teacher in New Zealand. She later served as a Principal and Supervisor, retiring in 1947. She was President of the Manitoba Dramatic Society, served on the Executive of the Manitoba Drama League, and was a member of the Western Canadian Theatre Conference. She was a member of the Winnipeg Teachers Association, Exchange Teachers Club, Retired Teachers Association, Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club, University Women’s Club, Natural History Society, and Westminster United Church. She died at Victoria, British Columbia on 19 December 1972 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Today’s Pinkhamites ‘enjoy’ relating tales of fire” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1949.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 December 1972, page 29.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 March 2018

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