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Manitoba Business: Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner / Oldfield, Kirby and Esau / The Standard Insurance

This Winnipeg-based firm was founded in 1881 by John Henry Oldfield to specialize in real estate and insurance brokerage, property management, mortgage lending, and investment advising. It became known as Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner with the addition of William Hicks Gardner (1899) and Walter Thomas Kirby (1905) as partners.

In 1909, the company moved into a newly-built office block at 234 Portage Avenue and helped to develop that street as a major commercial area of the city. The securities and real estate divisions of the company were sold in the early 1960s. In 1989, it became Oldfield, Kirby and Esau with the purchase of the Winnipeg operations of Dale and Company, catalyzed by Dale executive George Esau. Merged with The Standard Insurance in 2015, the company was renamed as The Standard Insurance in 2020.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner Building / The White House (234 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Memorable Manitobans: John Henry Oldfield (1857-1924)

Memorable Manitobans: Walter Thomas Kirby (1858-1936)

Memorable Manitobans: William Hicks Gardner (1875-1951)


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 July 2022

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