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Memorable Manitobans: Helen Spinks Burgess (1920-1994)

Editor, publisher.

Born at Newmarket, Ontario in 1920, daughter of Elizabeth Watson (?-1991) and Earl Spinks (?-1980), after raising four children, in 1965 she joined the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, working in public relations and editing the magazine North. She came to Winnipeg in 1970 as assistant editor of The Beaver, and served as editor from 1972 to 1985. In 1977, she co-founded with Shirlee Anne Smith the publishing firm of Watson & Dwyer, named for their mothers’ respective maiden names, which specialized in books on western Canadian and fur trade history, managing it until her death of leukemia at the Misericordia Hospital on 16 April 1994.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1994, page 29.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 November 2020

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