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Memorable Manitobans: John Burkill Ashby (1850-?)

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Born at Cotes, Leicestershire, England on 15 January 1850,son of John Ashby and Elizabeth Ann Burkill Ashby. Educated at Milton College (Rugby, England). Emigrated to Canada in 1880 and took up farming in Manitoba. Later he took training at the Winnipeg Normal School, after which he was appointed assistant principal of the Indian Industrial School at Battleford, Saskatchewan.In 1893, he was promoted to principal of the Rupert’s Indian Industrial Schoolat St. Paul’s (Middlechurch), Manitoba.

A member of the AF & AM, IOOF and IOF, secretary of the Lorne Agricultural Society, and assessor for Lorne Municipality.

He was married to Edith Wright of Toronto, on 13 June 1881.


The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

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