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Memorable Manitobans: Antoine d’Éschambault (1896-1960)

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Cleric, historian.

Born at St-Lazare on 21 May 1896, he was educated at St. Boniface College and Laval University, and was ordained a priest in 1921. He studied for three years at the Vatican and Poland then served as Secretary to the Archbishop of St. Boniface from 1924 to 1934 and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of St. Boniface from 1934 to 1949.

An active historian, d’Éschambault was for many years President of the St. Boniface Historical Society, was the Manitoba representative on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, and served on the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba (1946-1958). He published several books including Eugenical Sterilization (1936), Essais historique (1961), and Petite Histoire du voyageur (1971).

He died at Winnipeg on 18 May 1960 and was buried the St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Ville Cathedral de Saint Boniface: The Cathedral City, promotional pamphlet, c1958.

“Msgr. d’Eschambault, scholar, dies at 63,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 May 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 17]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Anthony Wlock and Father Carl Tarnopolski for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 September 2023

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