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Memorable Manitobans: John Saul (1840-1928)

Building contractor.

Born in Ireland in November 1840, he came to Winnipeg from Ottawa in August 1880 where he worked for over 40 years as a building contractor, being responsible for the construction of several of the city’s early schools.

On 2 January 1868, he married Helen Cameron (1841-1925, sister of John Cameron) and they had one son, John Cameron Saul. Their first home, constructed in 1881, was at the northwest corner of Isabel Street and William Avenue where they lived for many years. They later resided at 99 Furby Street. He was an Elder of Westminster United Church.

He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 6 January 1928 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Some of the buildings that he constructed:




May Street Sub-Station / Winnipeg Hydro Sub-Station No. 3

541 Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg


Shipman Court

543 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg


Fire Hall No. 11 / Fire Hall No. 7

180 Sinclair Street, Winnipeg



1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. John Saul will be laid to rest Friday,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 January 1925, page 4.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Funeral of John Saul to take place today,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 January 1928, page 3.

“Many attend funeral service for John Saul,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 January 1928, page 18.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2021

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