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Manitoba Photographers: William Wight Robson (1865-1946)

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Born at Galt, Ontario on 27 November 1865, he was first employed as a machinist. He learned the photographic trade in his brother’s studio at Waterford, Ontario before operating his own studios at Halifax, Nova Scotia and later at Windsor, Ontario before coming to Winnipeg around 1906 and opening a studio on Main Street. He remained active as a photographer up to the day of his death.

He and wife Hattie May Curry (c1865-1919) had five children: J. Kenneth Robson (b 1897), William Gordon Robson (b 1900), Allan Vair Robson (b 1900), Eleanor Robson (b 1906, wife of Samuel L. Thompson), and Laurie Curry Robson (b 1907). An avid curler, he was an original member and past President of the Strathcona Curling Club. In 1933, he was made an honorary life member of the Manitoba Curling Association. He was also a member and past President of the Assiniboine Lawn Bowling Club, and a member of the Rotary Club and Knox Church.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 39 Polson Avenue, on 16 April 1946 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

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490 Main Street, Winnipeg


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration [Hattie Robson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“William Robson, pioneer Winnipeg photographer dies”, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 April 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1946, page 16.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 October 2016

Manitoba Photographers: 1858 to Present

A list of photographers who have worked in Manitoba, from 1858 to the present, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

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