Manitoba Communities: Melita (Town)
When this community was established in the 1880s, it was proposed to be named Manchester. However, this name was already taken by another community in Canada so postal officials refused a request to establish a second post office with the same name. A local Sunday School Superintendent proposed the name of Melita based on the island on which the apostle Paul was shipwrecked and this name was accepted.
Search the MHS collection of biographies for ones connected to Melita:
Photos & Maps
Our First Century: Town of Melita and Municipality of Arthur, Melita-Arthur History Committee, 1983, Manitoba Legislative Library F5648.A78.
Geographic Names of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, 2000.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 February 2022