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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth “Lisbeth” Robertson (1878-1952)

Educator, missionary.

Born in the Prairie Grove district on 4 March 1878, daughter of John Fife Robertson (1830-1899) and Isabella Currie (1839-1934), she grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from Manitoba College (BA). She was the Principal of Sturgeon Creek School (?-1910) in the RM of Assiniboia. Upon her resignation in July 1910, she was gifted with an engraved gold bracelet. After spending six months at the Deaconess training school in Toronto, Ontario, she returned to Winnipeg and was feted with send-off ceremony at the Point Douglas Presbyterian Church on 29 December 1910. She left Canada in January 1911 to take up missionary work as Principal of the Indore Girls’ High School in India. Over the following decades, she spent many years in India, returning to Canada occasionally, briefly taking residence near Dugald in 1934 before returning to India. After retirement she took up residence at Calgary, Alberta where she died on 22 September 1952.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Sturgeon Creek School,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 July 1910, page 3.

“Going to India,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 October 1910, page 14.

“Designated for mission service,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 December 1910, page 9.

“Missions in Winnipeg,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 March 1912, page 6.

“Announcements [Miss Elizabeth Robertson],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 October 1926, page 10.

“Miss Lisbeth Robertson [...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 October 1933, page 16.

“[The semi-annual meeting [...] of the Women's Missionary Society,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1993, page 11.

“Flag service at St. Giles Church,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1935, page 17.

“Club events [Miss Elizabeth Robertson],” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 1941, page 13.

“Miss L. Robertson, ex-Winnipegger, dies in Calgary,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1952, page 6.

Anderson family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 September 2015

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