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Memorable Manitobans: William Robert Shaw (1853-1916)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born in England on 26 July 1853, the son of Joseph Shaw (1834-1915) and Frances Draper (1835-?) and brother of Joseph Shaw, the family contained skilled masons, bricklayers, and carpenters who would later ply their trades in Winnipeg through the years. He emigrated with his wife Phebe Wilson (1854-1926) from Kimberly, Nottingham and arrived at Winnipeg in 1884, taking the train to East Selkirk and proceeding on Rowleys trail until settling in the Ladywood School District. They later moved to Beausejour where he became the first Mayor (1909-1911) and constructed their residence, known as Derwent Cottage, at the northwest corner of Park Ave and Third Street. He was a founding member of the Brokenhead Agricultural Society. The couple had four children: William Shaw (1880-1950, married Emma Dorothy Bachman, the daughter of William Bachman), Phebe Jane Wilson Shaw (1877-?, wife of William Bethel), William Shaw (1879-?), and Caroline Fanny Shaw (1886-?). He died at Beausejour on 3 September 1916.


1891 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [William Shaw], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 November 1950, page 23.

They Stopped at a Good Place: A History of the Beausejour, Brokenhead, Garson and Tyndall Area of Manitoba - 1875-1981 by the Beausejour-Brokenhead Historical Committee, 1982. pages 28, 51, 1101.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 June 2014

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