Manitoba Photographers: Robert James Lindsay (1882-1962)

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Born at Petrolia, Ontario on 30 August 1882, one of three children of George W. Lindsay (?-?) and Sarah Potter (1857-1946), his father was killed in an oil well explosion. His widowed mother moved to McCreary to join her brother there around 1895, and married Thomas Potter (?-1934). Lindsay apprenticed with a photographer at Dauphin before taking up farming on a homestead about six miles north of McCreary. He took numerous photographs of the local area and also had a large photographic tent that he used at fairs and other events around western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan. He retired to Neepawa in 1955.

On 25 February 1920, he married Elizabeth Estervene Gardiner (1895-1989) at Virden and they had six children: Arnold Robert Lindsay (1921-1987), Muriel Elizabeth Lindsay (1925-1984, wife of Andrew Johnston), Harold Burnett Lindsay (1928-1940), Lena Lindsay (wife of Keith Harrison), Iona Lucille Lindsay (1933-2015, wife of Fred Trybel and Clark Boughen), and Myrtle Coreen Lindsay (1934-2018, wife of George Rezansoff). He was a member of Laurier United Church.

He died on 7 May 1962 and was buried in the McCreary Municipal Cemetery. A collection of his photographs was donated to the Town of Ste. Rose du Lac.

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Laurier, McCreary


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Four generations,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 January 1942, page 10.

“Photographs of a bygone era from a grab box of antique,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1973, pages 1, 95.

Obituary [Muriel Elizabeth Johnston], Brandon Sun, 14 March 1984, page 20.

Obituary [Arnold Robert Lindsay], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1987, page 35.

Obituary [Elizabeth Estervene Elliott], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 January 1989, page 25.

Obituary [Iona Lucille Boughen], Sneath Strilchuk Funeral Services.

Obituary [Myrtle Doreen Rezansoff], Edmonton Journal, 26 June 2018.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2020

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