Memorable Manitobans: Frederick “Fred” Phillipps (1857-1932)
Born in England on 1 September 1857, he emigrated to Manitoba in 1883 where he ranched in the vicinity of Riding Mountain until 1893, when he moved to Portage la Prairie and founded a grain business, joined by his cousin Hugh Phillipps. The business prospered and he eventually moved to Winnipeg in 1896, where he was a member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange (its President in 1903) and President and General Manager of the Dominion Elevator Company. He married Marion Gurney (?-?, who had emigrated from England in 1891), with whom he had two sons: Frederick Alfred Phillipps (1891-?) and Harry Phillipps (?-?). In 1908, he retired to the Channel Islands, where he died on 9 October 1932. His colourfully illustrated letters to relatives back home are held in the Archives of Manitoba.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Fred Phillipps, pioneer grain merchant, dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 October 1932, page 3.
“Fred Phillipps, early settler of Manitoba, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1932.
We thank Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 April 2023