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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Anderson (1839-1881)


Born in London, England on 15 November 1839, he attended the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich in 1857-58, and was appointed to the staff of the North American Boundary Commission which was to survey the 49th parallel from the Gulf of Georgia to the Rockies. He worked on the survey from 1859 to 1865, and in 1872 was appointed chief astronomer to the British commission charged with surveying the boundary from Lake of the Woods to the Rockies. Based at Pembina, he did most of the work of organization for the working engineers of the commission in surveying Manitoba’s southern boundary. He died in Scotland on 11 September 1881. There are papers in the Yale University Library.

See also:

“The North-American Boundary from Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains,” Royal Geographical Society Journal, 46 (1876), 228-262.

Samuel Anderson, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Arc of the Medicine Line: Mapping the World's Longest Undefended Border Across the Western Plains by Tony Rees (Douglas & McIntyre, 2007).


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 December 2012

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