Memorable Manitobans: Albert Harold “Bert” Corbett (1887-1983)
Engineer, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962).
Born in the Rural Municipality of Springfield on 29 December 1887, fifth child of William Henry Corbett and Jennie Wright (1854-1901), he graduated from the Central Normal School in 1905 then obtained a degree in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba. He is credited with the construction, between 1924 and 1951, of the first major highway between Dauphin and Swan River, for the Mafeking to The Pas highway, and for the highway between The Pas and Flin Flon. In 1958 he was elected Conservative MLA for Swan River and was re-elected in 1959.
On 1 December 1915, he married Lillian Caroline Munroe (1894-1971) of Portage la Prairie and they had three children: William John Corbett, Stewart Albert Corbett, and Constance Corbett. He was a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, Association of Professional Engineers in Manitoba, Masons (Acacia Lodge No. 111), Swan River Rotary Club, Swan River Curling Club, and Swan River Golf Club.
He died at Swan River on 14 April 1983 and was buried in the Birchwood Cemetery.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1983, page 65.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Marilyn Boyle and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 December 2020