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Memorable Manitobans: Harry Shave (1889-1975)

Salesman, author, archivist.

Born at Winnipeg on 7 February 1889, he was one of seven children born to George Henry Shave (1858-1937) and Ada Jane Ashton (1860-1946). He wrote, in a 1943 letter to author Stephen B. Leacock, that his father had arrived in Winnipeg at the time of the 1881-1882 land boom and had worked for Leacock’s uncle, E. P. Leacock. He worked as a salesman and was a prominent Anglican layman and archivist of St. John’s Cathedral. On 27 December 1911, he married Edith Maud Frances (1893-1966) at Winnipeg. They had no children. A keen amateur historian, Shave wrote a series of articles for the Winnipeg Free Press on the origin of Winnipeg street names, copies of which are contained in files of the Manitoba Historical Society. He retired to North Vancouver, British Columbia and died at Surrey on 5 December 1975. He was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Pioneer Protestant Ministers at Red River
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 6, 1949-50 Season

The Cradle of Winnipeg History
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 3, Number 1, September 1957

Pioneers of the West
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 4, Number 3, April 1959

A Famous Winnipeg Creek
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 10, Number 1, Autumn 1964

Early Winnipeg Boom Makes History
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring 1965

W. J. Sisler - a Great Canadian
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 11, Number 2, Winter 1966

McDougall and the Metis
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 11, Number 3, Spring 1966


Birth and marriage registration [Harry Shawe, Harry Dobson Share], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Edith Maud Shave], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1966, page 31.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Leacock: A Biography by Albert and Theresa Moritz, Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1985, page 315.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 April 2020

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