Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Venables (?-?)
Born at Birmingham, England, he came to Canada at an early age and spent his childhood at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After teaching school for a time in Saskatoon, he moved to Brandon where he was a teacher at the Brandon Collegiate (1942-1944). In 1956, he was appointed the first Principal of Neelin High School, serving until 1964 when he became a special educational consultant to the Brandon School Division and Vice-Principal of Vincent Massey High School. He was later Principal of Riverside School in Thompson (?-1971).
In 1970, he was given a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society in recognition of his “many years as a teacher and principal in Manitoba and his work for the Association for the Mentally Retarded and many other organizations.” The same year he wrote a booklet about the history of Thompson entitled Muskeg to Metropolis: Thompson, Manitoba, 1957-1970.
On 23 July 1932, he married Rebecca Elizabeth Elder (?-?), sister-in-law of John Edward Dack.
He retired from teaching in 1971 and moved to Calgary, Alberta. His whereabouts after this time are unknown.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“School changes draw parents’ admiration,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 December 1970, page 87.
“Retiring Thompson Principal honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1971.
“Looking backwards,” Brandon Sun, 30 June 1976, page 39.
“Forty years ago,” Brandon Sun, 6 May 2004, page 28.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 April 2022