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Memorable Manitobans: William Edward “Buster” Brown (1900-1989)

Arctic explorer.

Born at Vancouver, British Columbia on 9 August 1900, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1917, fighting in France until the end of the First World War. Coming back to Canada, he joined the Royal Northwest Mounted Police and served in the Canadian Arctic, returning there in 1925 as an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company, retiring as Transport Manager in 1966. For his work in the Arctic, Brown was given a Fellowship in the Arctic Institute of North America for exploring and mapping areas of the North West Territories as well as a Fellowship in the Royal Geographical Society. In 1987, he was appointed to the Order of Canada for establishing a radio network, connecting isolated northern communities with the rest of the country. He died at Winnipeg on 20 May 1989.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Tuesday, 23 May 1989, page 34.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 30 September 2009

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