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Memorable Manitobans: Katherine Madden Bawlf (1855-1918)

Community activist.

Born at Almonte, Ontario on 9 January 1855, daughter of John and Julia O’Brien Madden, she was educated at Almonte. In 1877, she married Nicholas Bawlf and came with him to Manitoba the next year. They had nine children: Edward John Bawlf, William Richard Bawlf, Mary Julia Evelyn Bawlf (1885-1889), Josephine Helen Bawlf (1887-1977), Frederick Leo Bawlf (1890-1964), Kathleen Esther Bawlf (1895-1938), Louis Drummond Bawlf (1896-1966), David Leland Bawlf (1899-1918), and Clarence Nicholas Bawlf. Active in local philanthropy, she was a member of the board for the Victorian Order of Nurses, and was President of the St. Joseph’s Orphanage Society. She was a member of the Women’s Musical Club, Western Art Association, and Roman Catholic Church. In 1911, she lived at 11 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg. She died at Los Angeles, California on 26 November 1918.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Mrs. N. Bawlf dies suddenly,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 November 1918, page 9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 October 2016

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