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Memorable Manitobans: George F. Williamson (1870-?)

Mechanical engineer.

Born at Brooklyn, Ontario on 8 October 1870, son of T. N. and Mary J. Williamson, he was educated at Owen Sound, Ontario, quitting at the age of 16 to worked for a year in the surrogate court. He then sailed on the Great Lakes for four months, seeking an improvement in his health. Returning to Ontario, he worked for two years as bookkeeper for a manufacturer of utensils, afterwards spending two years travelling throughout Canada. He then returned to Orangeville and assisted his father in the pump business. He became expert at mechanical engineering, leaving his father to become city engineer of Orangeville. From there he came to Brandon, Manitoba, buying the Manitoba Pump Company and operating it until February 1903 when he organized the Manitoba Windmill and Pump Company, located on Ninth Street, Brandon. In 1912 he changed the name of the business to Manitoba Engines Limited.

On 16 November 1893, he married Ella Shields of Orangeville, Ontario. They had three children: Frank Williamson, Margaret Williamson, and Mary Williamson. The family resided at 451 Third Street. He was a member of the Masons and the Methodist Church.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2010

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