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Memorable Manitobans: George Shirley Brooks (1872-1947)

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George Shirley Brooks
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Born at Wrentham, Surrey, England on 14 February 1872, he came to Manitoba around 1913 and was employed by the Canadian National Railway as a clerk in the coach department, retiring in 1947. He was a founding member and President (1932-1934) of the Natural History Society of Manitoba, co-founder of the Manitoba Museum, and author of Checklist of the Butterflies of Manitoba (1942). He was a member of the Masons. He died at Winnipeg on 20 October 1947 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery. At the time of his death, he lived at 176 Mayfair Avenue.


“Founder member of museum dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1947, page 19.

We thank James Kostuchuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 April 2017

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