Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 143 years

Memorable Manitobans: Effie Irene Weir McPhail (1900-1999)

Community activist.

Born at Rossland, British Columbia on 31 October 1900, daughter of Alex and Blanche Weir, she came with her family to Manitoba and lived on a farm in the Hunter district northwest of Brandon. After graduating from the Brandon Normal School at the age of 16, she taught at Roseland School (1918-1919), Rivers School (1919-1920), and Rapid City School. On 29 March 1923, she married Peter Alexander McPhail (?-1989) at Transcona and they farmed near Forrest until moving to Brandon in 1950. There, she was active in community affairs, including the Brandon Council of Women, Brandon United Church Women, and the Assiniboine Historical Society. She was one of the founders of the Daly House Museum. As Chair of the Westman Oral History Association, she helped to produce Voices of Yesteryear, a collection of audio recordings of early Brandon-area pioneers now held at the S. J. McKee Archives. She died at Brandon on 7 July 1999 and was buried in the Humesville Cemetery.


1901 and 11 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Oral historians told time prime factor,” Brandon Sun, 16 April 1981, page 8.

Voices of Yesteryear [Audiocassette], 1982. Westman Oral History Collection by the Westman Oral History Association (Effie McPhail, Chair). S. J. McKee Archives.

“McPhail honored on 90th birthday,” Brandon Sun, 6 November 1990, page 10.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 9 July 1999, page 12.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 January 2015

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Send corrections and additions to this page
to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban | Firsts | Acknowledgements

Help us keep
history alive!

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2022 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.