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Memorable Manitobans: Augusta Speight (1870-1919)


Born at Belleville, Ontario where he mother was matron of the school for the deaf, in 1892 she was recruited to the same position at the Winnipeg Deaf and Dumb Institute by D. W. McDermid. She taught at the facility until 1914 when she was appointed matron. She became ill in i1918 and spent a leave of absence in Florida, returning to Toronto for further medical attention. She asked to spend her final days in Winnipeg where she died on 9 December 1919. She was interred at Toronto.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Matron of Deaf and Dumb Institute Dies” Newspaper clipping dated 10 December 1919. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Page revised: 19 February 2009

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