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Memorable Manitobans: John Bourke (1823-1887)

Buffalo hunter.

A mixed-blood buffalo hunter from St. James Parish, he married Elizabeth Fidler. With William Hallett, he helped James Stewart break out of jail in 1863. He was also one of a party that met on 7 December 1869 in Winnipeg at the office of Bannatyne and Begg. The gathering decided to tell John Schultz that he was endangering the whole settlement and that he needed to withdraw his party from the fortified houses it was holding.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 1 February 2008

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