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Memorable Manitobans: James Hoyes Panton (1847-1898)


Born in Ontario on 7 May 1847, he arrived in Winnipeg during the early 1880s, where he was the Principal of the Collegiate Department of the Central School from January to December 1884. He was an active member of the Manitoba Historical Society, collecting geological specimens around the province, and adding substantially to the society’s fossil collections. In early 1884, he offered a series of public lectures on geology in the MHS offices, some of which were published. He returned to Ontario in late 1884 to become Professor of Geology and Natural History at the Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph. He remained in this position until 1897. He died 2 February 1898.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Gleanings from the Geology of the Red River Valley
MHS Transactions, Series 1, No. 3, 1883

Fragmentary Leaves from the Geological Records of the Great Northwest
MHS Transactions, Series 1, No. 10, 1884

Gleanings from Outcrops of Silurian Strata in the Red River Valley
MHS Transactions, Series 1, No. 15a, 1884

Notes on the Geology of Some Islands in Lake Winnipeg
MHS Transactions, Series 1, No. 20, 1886


We thank James Burns for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 July 2018

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