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Memorable Manitobans: Bartley Brown (1884-1939)


Born in Toronto, he became well known as a boy soprano and soloist at St. James Cathedral. In 1904 he came to Winnipeg, where he taught singing, sang in church choirs and on the stage, acted in Little Theatre, and in later years performed on the radio. As an actor, he was best known for his role as Captain Hook in Barrie’s Peter Pan. He was a soloist in a series of Winnipeg churches, including St. Luke’s Anglican, First Baptist Church, Central Congregational Church, and Augustine United Church. From 1929 to 1939 he was choirmaster at First Federated Church.


“Bartley Brown, actor and musician, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 December 1939. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 April 2015

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