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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Henry Bossons (1859-1938)


Born in England on 16 May 1859, he emigrated to Canada in 1879. He lived successively at Portage la Prairie (1883-1898), Swan River (?-?), and Dauphin (1908-?), working as an architect until at least 1918. He and first wife Julia Asbury (1859-1922) had nine children: Arthur James Bossons (1879-1958), Frederick W. “Fred” Bossons (1883-1973), Frank Edward Bossons (1885-1955), Gertrude Elizabeth “Gertie” Bossons (1887-?, wife of William Herward Morison), Alice Bossons (1889-?), Cecil William Bossons (1891-1985), Ellen “Nellie” Bossons (1895-?), Clarence Bossons (1898-1988), and Albert Victor Bossons (1901-1967). His second marriage was to Carrie Jones (1859-1947). He died at Burnaby, British Columbia on 17 November 1938.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba:





Swan River School No. 1047

Swan River


Demolished (?)

Minitonas School No. 1102



Demolished (?)

Dauphin School No. 1



Destroyed by fire (December 1926)

Brickburn Consolidated School No. 998

Gilbert Plains, Municipality of Gilbert Plain


Demolished (?)

Dauphin Plains School No. 873

RM of Dauphin


Demolished (?)

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

404 First Street SW, Dauphin



Dauphin Law Courts Building

River Avenue West, Dauphin



Makinak School No. 979

Makinak, RM of Lakeshore


Demolished (?)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Tenders wanted,” Swan River Star, 29 March 1900, page 8.

1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

“Tenders for public buildings, Dauphin,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 June 1916, page 2.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

We thank Rob McInnes amd Robert Hill for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 December 2020

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