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Memorable Manitobans: William Christie McKillican (1882-1964)

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William Christie McKillican
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Born near Breadalbane, Ontario on 23 August 1882, son of William E. McKillican and Emma May Christie, he attended the Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph then joined the Department of Agriculture’s seed department at Calgary, Alberta.

In 1911, he moved to Brandon to be Superintendent of the Brandon Experimental Farm until 1924. He was the last Principal of the Manitoba Agricultural College (1924) and the first Dean of Agriculture and Home Economics at the University of Manitoba (1924-1933). He resigned in 1933 and moved to Indian Head, Saskatchewan where he was Farm Manager for the Colonial Finance Corporation until retirement in 1951.

He moved to Ottawa, Ontario where he died on 14 June 1964.

Brother-in-law of David Alexander Stewart.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

“Former Dean dies in Ottawa,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1964, page 30.

We thank Kathryn Mayberry for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2021

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