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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Westaway Pharmacy Building (447 Norton Avenue, Miami, RM of Thompson)

This two-storey building in Miami in the Rural Municipality of Thompson was once a one-storey building that faced east on First (Blight) Street. In 1898, pharmacist Mark Westaway had the building moved to this south-facing site on Norton Avenue. He added a second floor, to provide space for two offices, one of which hosted circuitry for local telephone service and the other was a doctor's office. The main floor was Westaway's pharmacy which he operated until his death in 1942, after which his son Jack Westaway (1904-1990) continued in business until his retirement in 1977.

Jack Westaway sold the pharmacy to John and Judy Maddison who operated it until 2020, although it became a dispensing-only business, located in the neighbouring building to the east, as of 2010. The former pharmacy building accommodated a convenience store at the time of a 2021 site visit. The facade has been extensively modified from its original appearance.

Westaway Pharmacy Building

Westaway Pharmacy Building (May 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.37045, W98.24251
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Mark Westaway (1868-1942)


Miami & R.M. of Thompson Chronicles by R.M. of Thompson History Book Committee, 1998, pages 54-55.

History, Westaway Pharmacy.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and George Penner.

Page revised: 4 May 2023

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