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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Alexander Stewart (1851-1897)


Born on 2 November 1851, he was a graduate of McGill College, Montreal, receiving his BSc degree in 1873. He was engaged on railway survey work along Lake Superior for some years and later in Quebec. He arrived in Winnipeg in 1881 and took charge of surveys and construction of the Manitoba Southwestern Colonization Railway, later the Glenboro branch and the Pembina Mountain branch. He subsequently spent some years in British Columbia, locating the route of the Crow’s Nest Pass and also of the Columbia and Kootenay railway.

In September 1890, Stewart returned to Winnipeg to become Chief Engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Western Division. He had charge of location and construction of the Souris and Pipestone branches and was the engineer in charge of the construction of the Norwood Bridge.

He died at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 20 October 1897.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 March 2012

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