Memorable Manitobans: Bernard Bronislaw Dubienski (1891-1981)
Born near the town of Sokal, Galicia [now Poland] on 20 September 1891, son of Adolph and Anna Dubienski of Lwow, Poland, he was educated at the Public Schools and High Schools of Galicia, Bucovina; the University of Vienna (Austria), and the Manitoba Law School (LLB, 1917). He came to Canada in 1911 and was admitted to Manitoba Bar in March 1918, becoming the first person of Polish descent to become a lawyer in Manitoba. He practiced law in Winnipeg, being made a King’s Counsel in 1945, until retirement in 1978. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Winnipeg in the 1922 provincial general election.
On 23 January 1919, he married Amy Elizabeth Ventress (?-1988). They had two children: Ian Ventress Dubienski and Marie-Louise Dubienski (c1924-1951, wife of Julian Patrick Adamson). In 1925, the family lived at 47 Lansdowne Avenue, Winnipeg. He was an avid amateur painter. His community contributions were recognized by several awards, including a Polish Golden Cross of Merit (1933), an Order of Canada (1973), and a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).
He died at his Winnipeg home, 290 Montrose Street, on 3 February 1981.
Marriage registration [Bernartt Bronislaw Dubienski, Amy Elizabeth Ventress], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Six Manitoba barristers appointed King’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1945, page 1.
Obituary [Mary Louise Adamson], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 November 1951, page 39.
“Won’t leave jobs to paint, but executives dream of south seas,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 May 1961.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 1981.
Obituary [Amy Elizabeth Dubienski], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 July 1988, page 44.
We thank Jennifer Dubienski for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 13 January 2023