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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Monkman (1850-1918)

Lawyer, civil servant.

Born at Albion, Ontario on 24 June 1850, son of James and Catherine Monkman, he was educated at Walkerton and Toronto. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1875. He practised law in Toronto until 1879 when he moved to Winnipeg and entered into law partnership with J. A. M. Aikins in the firm of Aikins and Monkman. In 1881 he became associated with Messrs. Dingman and Jamieson and later with G. B. Gordon. He was Winnipeg school trustee from 1880 to 1882, and Winnipeg Alderman in 1881 and 1882. A Conservative candidate for North Winnipeg in the 1883 provincial general election, he was defeated by E. G. Conklin. During the 1885 North West Rebellion, he served as a Lieutenant in the 95th Battalion. He served for a period as legal adviser to the Winnipeg School Board and was district registrar at the Morden Land Titles Office (1897-1900).

In 1876, he married Martha A. Elliott of Toronto and they had four sons and two daughters. He was a prominent Mason and a member of the COF and AOUW. He was a founder of Zion Church, and served on the board of Wesley College.

He died at his Winnipeg home on 5 November 1918 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Obituary,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 November 1918, page 10.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 July 2017

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