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Memorable Manitobans: William Ogilvie (1849-1912)

Dominion astronomer.

Born in Ottawa, he was educated locally. He came west as an engineer in 1875 and worked in the Dauphin region. In 1891, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1896 he became Dominion astronomer. He became commissioner of police in the Yukon while working there in 1897 and then commissioner of the territory in 1898, resigning in 1901. Ogilvie was working on a book on the Yukon when he died at Winnipeg on 13 November 1912, of septic poisoning.


“William Ogilvie died this morning,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 November 1912, page 1.

“William Ogilvie died this morning,” undated newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B5]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 July 2015

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