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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Nation (1861-1955)


Born at Morpeth, Ontario on 29 January 1861, son of James C. Nation and Eliza Waring, brother of Joseph Nation, he came to Manitoba in 1882 and spent three months in Winnipeg before heading western Manitoba and going into partnership with T. T. Atkinson in the department store of Atkinson & Nation. In 1886 he bought out his partner and continued the firm as F. Nation & Company. In 1892, in failing health, he sold the business and went on a trip around the world. He returned to Brandon two years later and resumed business under the name of Nation & Shawan which, in 1902, was incorporated with himself as president.

On 5 August 1886 he married Abigail Leach Bawden of Brandon. They had three children: Arthur Frederick Nation (b 1887), Helen Maud Nation, and George Walter Nation. He was a member of the Brandon Board of Trade, and for three years was its President. He served for four years as a Brandon city alderman, three years of which he was chairman of the finance committee. He was a life governor and director of the Brandon General Hospital and a Director of the Northern Crown Bank and the Great West Life Assurance Company. He was a charter member of the Brandon Club and served two terms as its president.

He moved to British Columbia around the time of World War One where he died at Victoria on 9 September 1955.


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

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former Brandon store owner dies in Victoria” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 September 1955, page 8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 December 2009.

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