Memorable Manitobans: Robert George O'Malley (1857-1938)
Farmer, MLA (1888-1892), MLA (1892-1895).
Born in Galway County, Ireland on 7 August 1857, son of John O’Malley and Catharine Robinson, he came to Canada in 1871 and, for three years, was engaged on surveys of Manitoba then worked installing telegraph lines. He farmed for a couple of years in the vicinity of Marquette before moving to the Rock Lake area, where he farmed near Somerset. The family to Headingley in the mid-1890s.
In 1880, he was appointed one of the first councilors of the Rural Municipality of Lorne, becoming Reeve in 1885. He was elected to the provincial legislature in 1888, and acclaimed in 1892, but defeated in 1896. He served as president and director of the Lorne Agricultural Society. He was chief municipal weed inspector in the early days of the inspecting of noxious weeds. He was a regular speaker at the first conventions of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities.
On 2 March 1882, he married Sarah Clouston (1859-1907, daughter of William Clouston of the Hudson's Bay Company) with whom he had four children: Ella Ethel O'Malley (1889-1975), Robert George O'Malley (1891-1978), Irene May O'Malley (1893-1975), and Lillian Grace O'Malley (1895-1974).
He died at his Winnipeg home, 352 Home Street, on 9 October 1938 and was buried with his wife in the Headingley Cemetery.
Birth registrations [Ella Ethel O'Malley, Robert George O'Malley, Irene May O'Malley, Lillian Grace O'Malley], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.
Death registration [Sarah O'Malley], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Sarah O'Malley], Winnipeg Tribune, 29 October 1907, page 5.
1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 10 October 1938, page 11.
Obituary, Western Municipal News, October 1938, page 277.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1938, page 5.
Obituary [Lillian Grace O'Malley], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 1974, page 28.
Obituary [Ella Ethel O'Malley], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1975, page 25.
Obituary [Irene May O'Malley], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1975, page 43.
Obituary [Robert O'Malley], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1978, page 30.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 April 2022