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Historic Sites of Manitoba: The Wolseley Elm (Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg)

This famous tree stood in the middle of Wolseley Avenue at the foot of Basswood Place in Winnipeg. It was planted in the 1860s on the river lot farm of Joseph Good and his wife Mary Ann Kirton Good. The sapling had been rafted down the river from Baie St. Paul. In 1957, the city decided that it had to be removed to build a new road. Mrs. Borrowman of 1192 Wolseley (widow of LeRoy F. Borrowman) and other neighbours petitioned city council to stop this action and won their case. The road was built winding around the tree. A second onslaught by the City was successful and the tree was cut down in July 1960.

The Wolseley Elm

The Wolseley Elm (no date)
Source: Tim Smith

Site Location (lat/long): N49.88064, W97.18257
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wolseley Elm Plaque (980 Palmerston Avenue, Winnipeg)

Memorable Manitobans: Mary Ann Kirton Good (1841-1932)


“Wild women win – Juba breaks law to save tree,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1957, page 1.

An Historical Walking Tour of Wolseley

We thank Tim Smith for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 April 2019

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