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Memorable Manitobans: John Henry Richard Bond (1859-1945)

Physician and radiologist.

Born in Portsmouth, England, he attended the United Services College and graduated from Edinburgh University in medicine in 1881. He travelled to New Zealand in 1882 and remained to practise medicine until 1890, receiving the master’s chair of the District Grand Lodge of Masons in Auckland. He moved to Chicago and practised medicine there from 1890 to 1903, heading to the Klondike in 1898-99. In 1903 he came to Winnipeg with his wife Annie and set up a practice and private hospital at 167 Donald Street. He brought a portable X-ray machine with him from Chicago and was a pioneer in the use of X-rays in Canada.

His blindness of later years probably resulted from his exposure to the X-rays. He served as secretary of the Manitoba Cricket Association. He helped to organize, with Robert Aitken, William Pearson, and Ella Cora Hind, the Winnipeg Garden Club.

He died on 22 April 1945. There are travel journals in private hands.

More information:

The Bond Papers by Andrew Taylor
Manitoba History, Number 22, Autumn 1991

A Vision Fulfilled: The Story of the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg 1909-1973 by Harry Medovy (1979).


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

“Free Press Necrology Files”, Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16, University of Manitoba Archives]

Page revised: 26 May 2009

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