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MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: Portage la Prairie Brick and Tile Company

A directory of brick-making in Manitoba

A directory of block-making in Manitoba

People involved in brick and block-making in Manitoba

A glossary of terms relating to bricks and blocks

On 24 October 1911, the Portage la Prairie Brick and Tile Company received its charter of incorporation via Letters Patent under the Manitoba Joint Stock Companies Act. Its headquarters were located in Portage la Prairie, with the founding partnership consisting of local residents Peter Whimster, brick maker George Gwilt, lawyer Ewen Alexander McPherson, lawyer Alfred John Webb, and articling student James McRae. The initial capital stock was $25,000, with Whimster, Gwilt, and McPherson serving as the first Directors. When the First World War broke out, the venture failed and business terminated in 1916.


Companies Office corporation documents (CCA 0059), 120P - Portage la Prairie Brick & Tile Company, GR6427, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 May 2020

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Manitoba Bricks and Blocks

A history of the manufacture of bricks and concrete blocks in Manitoba, based on research by Randy Rostecki for the Manitoba Historic Resources Branch and supplemented by information compiled by Gordon Goldsborough of the Manitoba Historical Society. .

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We thank Hugh Arklie, Gordon McDiarmid, and Heather Bertnick for their help in the development of this online guide. Financial support of the Thomas Sill Foundation is gratefully acknowledged. Additional information was provided by Ina Bramadat, David Butterfield, Neil Christoffersen, Frank Korvemaker, Ed Ledohowski, Ken Storie, Lynette Stow, and Tracey Winthrop-Meyers.

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