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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Oliver Walker (1939-2011)

Archaeologist.

Born at Stratford, England on 20 January 1939, he left school at the age of 16 and joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, acting on stage and television for several years. In 1973, he emigrated to Canada and enrolled at the University of Manitoba where he received BA (1978) and BEd (1979) degrees, and discovered a love of archaeology.

In 1979, after a few years of working on summer excavations, he began “Archaeology in Manitoba”, a local cable television program that was broadcast for over 15 years. He also hosted a related program, “Heritage in Manitoba”. He worked as an archaeologist with the Historic Resources Branch of the Manitoba government, from which he retired in 2004. In 1989, he received one of the first Prix Awards for his work in promotion of heritage in Manitoba.

He died at Winnipeg on 5 November 2011 and was buried in St. Andrews-on-the-Red Anglican Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 2011, page C9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 November 2011

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