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Memorable Manitobans: George Edward Olive (1887-1973)

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George Edward Olive
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Steamfitter, MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953).

Born at Leeds, England in 1887, he came to Canada in 1910 and settled at Transcona in 1914. He was employed with the Canadian National Railways as a steamfitter from 1912 until 1952, when he retired and lived in New York. He and wife Amy Thackray (1888-1955) had two sons, Bill Olive (?-?) and Joe Olive (1913-?), both of whom served overseas in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Olive served as Mayor of Transcona (1933, 1938 to 1945) and was elected a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation MLA at the 1945 and 1949 general elections. He was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters and Sons of England. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 20 April 1973 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: George Olive Nature Park (855 McMeans Avenue East, Winnipeg)


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1947.

Obituary [May Olive], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1955, page 21.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1973, page 31.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 August 2020

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