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Memorable Manitobans: Victoria Sifton Walker (1870-1950)


Born at Dresden, Ontario in October 1870, she lived at The Narrows on Lake Manitoba with her father William Sifton before her marriage to John Johnstone Walker on 19 June 1893. After homesteading at Eden and spending four years in Dauphin, she and her family settled in Minitonas (1900). Mr. Walker, who was postmaster in Minitonas for 23 years, died in 1934. Reputedly the first female passenger on the railway from Portage to Selkirk, she and her sister were also passengers on the first train to reach Swan River in 1898. She was active in the BESL Church and the Rebekahs. “One of the most interesting pioneer figures of the Swan River valley,” according to her obituary, she died in August 1950.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“West pioneer saw growth of railways,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 August 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 151]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 28 August 2010

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