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Memorable Manitobans: John Omand (1823-1905)

Mission worker, homesteader.

Born in the Orkney Islands in 1823, he emigrated to the Red River settlement in 1844, by way of Hudson Bay. The ocean voyage was made by sailing ship and took nine weeks. The trip inland was made in York boats by way of the Nelson River and Lake Winnipeg, the boats having to be rowed or tracked the entire 500 miles.

He married in 1848 and was survived by four children. For fourteen years he was engaged in mission work in the parish of St. John’s, Red River, with Reverend McCallum and Bishop Anderson. He then took a homestead in St. James, and resided there for forty-seven years. Omand’s Creek was named after him.

Omand died at the homestead, lot 44 St. James, on 13 October 1905.


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

Page revised: 13 April 2008

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