William Franklin Wymark “Bill” Neville

Political scientist, historian, municipal official.

Born at Winnipeg on 15 September 1940, stepson of John Greenaway (c1922-2015), he attended Victoria Composite High School in Edmonton (Alberta), Kelvin High School, and the University of Manitoba, serving as President of the Students’ Union (1961) and graduating with a BA degree (1963). He received a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University in England, where he obtained BA (1966) and MA (1971) degrees.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he taught Politics and History at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario) before returning to Manitoba as Chief of Staff for Sidney Spivak. He returned to academe in 1975, working as an Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. He ran for a seat on the Winnipeg city council in 1979 and served until withdrawing from municipal politics in 1989. He was Chair of the Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee (1980) and Manitoba Heritage Council (1990-2001), and Manitoba member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

In recognition of his involvement in heritage issues in Winnipeg, he received two commendations from Heritage Winnipeg and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Former husband of Anita Schwartz Neville with whom he has three daughters.

A collection of his papers are held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Review: ‘The New Mayor’: Three Views of the Film
Manitoba History, Number 5, 1983

Review: Duff Roblin, Speaking for Myself: Politics and Other Pursuits
Manitoba History, Number 40, Autumn/Winter 2000-2001


Obituary [William Wymark Neville], Winnipeg Tribune, 18 July 1945, page 31.

“Rhodes scholar named,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 November 1962.

Birth announcement [Sarah Elizabeth Moyse Neville], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 1969, page 21.

William Neville Fonds, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

Obituary [John Greenaway], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 2015.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 February 2024