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Memorable Manitobans: Michael Bartholomew (c1894-1931)

Labour agitator.

Born in Ireland, he was an active unionist and socialist in Britain before emigrating to Canada in 1914. He was a prominent speaker for the Socialist Party of Canada in Winnipeg from 1918 to 1921 and played a role in the 1919 strike in Brandon. He joined the Communist Party in 1921 and became its organizer for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Involved in a personal scandal later in the 1920s, he drowned himself in the Red River on 15 November 1931, by jumping from the Provencher Bridge.


“Believe man is drowned in river,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 November 1931, page 1.

Times of Trouble: Labour Quiescence in Winnipeg 1920-1929 by David Edward Hall, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1983, page 94.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 June 2014

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