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Memorable Manitobans: Alice Edith Ostrander (1893-1970)


Born at Colchester, England in 1893, she became blind at an early age. She attended the Royal School for the Blind, Surrey, and came to Canada with her parents in 1912. During the First World War, she used a knitting machine to knit 14,000 pairs of socks and leggings for the troops, winning a special commendation from the Prince of Wales for this effort. In 1918 she was appointed by the CNIB as the first home teacher for the blind in Western Canada, and she continued in this work until her marriage in 1927. She returned to teaching in 1949 after the death of her husband. She died at St. Vital on 20 August 1970.


Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 22 August 1970, page 34.

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 January 2022

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