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Memorable Manitobans: Bertram Brooker (1888-1955)

Writer, painter, musician.

Born at Croydon, England in March 1888, son of Richard Brooker (1858-1941) and Mary Ann Brooker (1857-1947), he and his family came to Portage la Prairie in 1905. He worked at newspapers in Regina and Winnipeg. He moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1921 where he acquired a reputation as a writer, painter, musician, and poet. From 1924 to 1936, he was editor and publisher of Marketing magazine. Brooker was a charter member of the Canadian Group of Painters, and he won the Governor General’s Award for fiction in 1936 for Think of the Earth. He wrote the widely acclaimed biblical novel The Robber in 1949. He died at Toronto on 21 March 1955.

See also:

Souls Assembling: The Poetry of Bertram Brooker (1980)

Bertram Brooker and Emergent Modernism edited by Jennifer O. Sinclair (1984).


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mrs. R. Brooker ardent church worker dies,” Manitoba Leader, 20 February 1947, page 7.

“Ex-Portager, author, Bertram Brooker dies,” Portage la Prairie Leader, 24 March 1955, page 7.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2020

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