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Memorable Manitobans: William Forbes Perkins (1855-1948)

Civil servant.

Born at Woolwich, England on 5 October 1855, son of Joseph Perkins and Mary Ann Forbes, he came to the Red River Settlement with his parents at the age of 2. In 1883, he was the first person to be appointed official reporter for the Manitoba Court of Kings Bench, a position he held until retirement in August 1935. He was associated with various musical groups in Winnipeg. He was married twice, first to Helen Neilson Brown (1866-1907, daughter of Alexander Brown) with whom he had three children: Margaret Rhea Perkins (1887-?, wife of Ernest Arthur Stewart), Forbes William Perkins (1891-1976), and Alexander Brown Perkins (1896-1964). On 2 September 1909, he married Anna Pratt Handscomb (1865-1945, widow of Charles W. Handscomb). He moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1944 and died there on 15 October 1948.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Helen Neilson Perkins], Winnipeg Tribune, 10 June 1907, page 7.

“Perkins – Handscomb,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1909, page 9.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“First Manitoba court reporter dies in Victoria,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 October 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 59]

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 November 2019

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