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Memorable Manitobans: Henry “Harry” Robertson (1909-1995)


Born at Elmwood on 14 February 1909, son of Henry Robertson and Catharine Knox, he graduated from the Central Normal School in 1935 and later received BA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Woodmore School and St. Vital before joining the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Division in 1940, at Earl Grey School. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve from 1941 to 1945. He returned to Winnipeg and taught at Lork Selkirk High School before serving as Vice-Principal of George V School (1956-1959). He was the Principal of Shaughnessy Park School from 1959 until retirement in June 1974. He was a member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Mentors Club, and United Nations Association. He and wife Margaret Ellen Duncan (1911-1988) had one child: Heather Robertson. He died at Winnipeg on 28 July 1995.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Elementary school attitudes, philosophies changing,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 1974, page 3.

Obituary [Margaret Ellen Robertson], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1988, page 38.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1995, page 22.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 February 2018

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