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Memorable Manitobans: George Avery White (1820-1885)


Born in Northumberland, England on 7 August 1820, he came to Galt, Upper Canada [now Ontario] in 1836. He learned the flour-milling trade at Sloan’s Mill and, on 20 August 1845, he married Mary Ann Brown (1828-1886). They would eventually have 17 children, many of whom died in infancy: George Avery White (1847-?), David B. White (1848-?), Margaret White (1850-1901, wife of Heber Haney), Helen “Ellen” White (1852-1903), James S. White (1853-1853), Baby White (1854-1854), Baby White (1855-?), Elisabeth White (1857-1858), Mary Elizabeth Sanderson White (1859-1943, wife of James Fulton), Baby White (1861-1861), William White (1862-1863), Baby White (1863-1863), Robert B. White (1865-1923), Andrew Little White (186?-?), John Avery White (186?-1948), Charles White (18??-?), and Baby White (1872-?).

On 6 June 1873 the family left for Manitoba, travelling over the Dawson Route, and reached Upper Fort Garry on 17 August. From there, they proceeded to Portage la Prairie where they settled east of town. White entered the service of Robert Watson as the first flour miller west of Winnipeg. In 1882, he acquired land at Oakland. He was a Liberal in politics and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

White died in 1885.


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

This page was prepared by Doug Fulton and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 January 2021

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