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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick “Fred” Shirtliffe (1861-1942)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Harworth, Nottinghamshire, England on 27 October 1861, he came to Canada in 1895 and settled in Walkerville, Ontario. In 1887, he moved to Manitoba, farming at Headingley until 1896 when he relocated to Starbuck. He was a Councillor for the Rural Municipality of Cartier for five years and Board Chairman of the Starbuck School District for 35 years.

On 13 July 1893, he married Mary Welch (1872-?) at St. Francois Xavier and had nine children: Emily Alice Shirtliffe (1894-?, wife of Ole Halland), Frederick Arthur Shirtliffe (1895-?), Lewis Henry Shirtliffe (1896-?), Albert Edward “Bert” Shirtliffe (1901-1992), Florence Mae Shirtliffe, Mary Shirtliffe (1906-1906), Francis Russell Allman Shirtliffe (1907-?), Allan Shirtliffe (1911-?), and Hector Robert Shirtliffe. A candidate in the 1917 federal general election, he was roundly defeated by Arthur Meighen.

He died at Starbuck on 20 November 1942 and was buried in the Starbuck Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

“F. Shirtliffe, pioneer farmer, dies at Starbuck,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 November 1942, page 2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 1942, page 7.

FindAGrave, Albert E. “Bert” Shirtliffe, Hillside Cemetery.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 October 2021

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