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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Addison Neelin (1882-1970)

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Thomas Addison Neelin
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Born in Ontario on 4 January 1882, he taught school in Ontario before coming to Manitoba where he was Principal at Hamiota School (1913-1916) and Virden School (1916-1918). He served as Superintendent of the Brandon School Board from 1924 to 1950 and President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1949-1950). On 4 August 1915, he married Mabel Margaret McCreary (1886-1939) and they had a son, Jack Neelin (?-?). He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 30 June 1970 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery. He is commemorated by Neelin High School in Brandon.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Mrs. T. A. Neelin], Brandon Sun, 10 January 1939, page 10.

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1970, page 38.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Curt Belton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 April 2020

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