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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred John Tuckwell (1854-1911)

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Alfred John Tuckwell
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Educator, musician.

Born at Headingly, Yorkshire, England on 11 September 1854, son of Rev. Henry Tuckwell, he was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Queen’s College, Oxford (BA). He moved to Winnipeg in 1887 to become the Master of the All Saints Private School. Around 1902 he opened a private school on Donald Street and later the Tuckwell’s School for Boys on Broadway, which he headed until retirement in 1909.

He and wife Mary Isaac (1865-1937) had four children: Sarah Irene Tuckwell (b 1892, wife of F. W. Jackson), Mary E. Tuckwell (b 1894), and Henry Theodore Tuckwell (b 1897), and Dand Hugh Tuckwell (b 1904). He was one of the early choirmasters of Winnipeg, serving as musical director of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, All Saints Anglican Church, and Christ Church. He was an active golfer and a member of the Winnipeg Cricket Team.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 751 McMillan Avenue, on 29 May 1911 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tuckwell’s School for Boys / Winnipeg Proprietary School (363 Broadway, Winnipeg)


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“A. J. Tuckwell, prominent Winnipeg educationist, passes away suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 May 1911, page 1.

“A. J. Tuckwell died suddenly,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 May 1911. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B5]

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 April 2015

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