Memorable Manitobans: Jane Andrews (1872-1953)
Social worker, policewoman.
Born at Ellerhouse, Hants County, Nova Scotia on 8 November 1872, she trained in social work with the Salvation Army and worked for the organization for 20 years in England and Canada. In 1913, she was appointed Superintendent of the Salvation Army’s Kildonan Industrial Home, a detention centre in West Kildonan that took in women and girls caught up in the legal system, usually first-time offenders, and taught them life skills in the hopes that they would not re-offend. On 4 January 1917, she and Mary Dunn were sworn in as Winnipeg’s first female police officers, specializing in the investigation and arrest of women and girls. She retired on 30 April 1938, after 21 years on the force. In 1941, she created the Winnipeg Chapter of the “Plane Jane” fund, a fundraising effort aimed at women to help raise funds for a fighter jet for the Royal Canadian Air Force. She also worked with the Children’s Aid Society. Andrews, who never married, died at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on 21 October 1953 at the age of 80 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
“Police matrons appointed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 1916.
“Winnipeg’s first policewoman dies at age 80,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1953.
100 Years of Winnipeg Policewomen: Jane Andrews and Mary Dunn, West End Dumplings, 3 January 2017.
This page was prepared by Christian Cassidy.
Page revised: 14 January 2017
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