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Manitoba Photographers: Walter Barrie (1848-1935)

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Walter Barrie
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Born in the region of Waterloo, Ontario on 14 October 1848, son of Scottish immigrants Walter Barrie (1818-1890) and Grace McCubbin (1821-1885), he lived on the family farm in North Dumfries Township. After the death of his parents, he headed west to pursue a career as a photographer.

By 1906, he had built a log cabin near the Steeprock River on the east slope of the Porcupine Mountains in western Manitoba. This was near the small town of Mafeking on the recently constructed Erwood Subdivision of the Canadian Northern Railway. He is known to have travelled to and photographed various areas of western Manitoba. His photographs captured some of the early settlement and development of the region. He is also said to have photographed families in exchange for a meal and temporary lodging.

By 1931, the 82-year-old had relocated to Mafeking and was living in a two-room home beside the boarding house operated by Martha Hood. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 29 December 1935. A collection of his photographs is held by descendants of the Hood family who were his long-time neighbours and friends from the Mafeking area.

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Mafeking area


Death registration [Walter Barrie], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Brien Kautz.

Page revised: 23 September 2023

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