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Memorable Manitobans: Philip Burnett (1848-1936)

Building contractor.

Born at Bampton, Devonshire, England on 30 September 1848, he was living in Wales before moving to New Brunswick where he married his wife Mary Elizabeth Halliday (1859-?). The family moved to Winnipeg in 1879 where he worked as a bricklayer and building contractor. He had eight children: Thomas H. Burnett (1877-?), William John Burnett (1878-1950), Philip J. Burnett (1880-?), David W. Burnett (1883-?), Charles Edward Burnett (1886-?), Herbert Wilford Burnett (1889-1963), Mabel B. Burnett (1895-?), and Hugh Alexander Burnett (1898-1970). He and his family moved to Victoria, British Columbia about 1911 and he died there on 6 December 1936.

Some of the Manitoba buildings that his firm constructed:

Building

Location

Year

Status

McDougall Memorial Methodist Church

939 Main Street, Winnipeg

1891

 

Black House

22 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg

1893

 

Ogilvie Flour Mill (expansion)

Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg

1895

 

McIntyre Block

416 Main Street, Winnipeg

1898

Demolished (1979)

Wood Building

250 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1898

 

Paulin-Chambers Building (with J. A. Girvin)

311 Ross Avenue, Winnipeg

1899

 

YMCA Building (with J. A. Girvin)

276 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1900

 

Bank of Hamilton Building (with J. A. Girvin)

395 Main Street, Winnipeg

1901

Demolished (?)

Strathcona Block

160 Main Street, Winnipeg

1902

Destroyed by fire (February 1976)

McLaughlin Carriage Building

208 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1902

 

Stobart and Sons Building

281 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1903

 

Bright and Johnston Building (with S. B. Ritchie)

141 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1903

 

Kemp Block (with S. B. Ritchie)

111 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg

1903

 

Miller-Morse Building (with J. A. Girvin)

317 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1904

 

Paulin-Chambers Building (expansion; with J. A. Girvin)

311 Ross Avenue, Winnipeg

1904

 

Time Building

333 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1904

Destroyed by fire (?)

Trees-Spriggs Building

312 Ross Avenue, Winnipeg

1905

 

Boyce Building

316 Ross Avenue, Winnipeg

1905-1906

 

Albany Apartments

91 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg

1906

Demolished (?)

Frost and Wood Warehouse

230 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1906

 

Henderson Building

332 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

 

Paulin-Chambers Building (expansion; with J. A. Girvin)

311 Ross Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

 

Ashdown Warehouse (additions)

167 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1910, 1911

 

Sources:

1881 Canada census, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Ex-Winnipegger dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 December 1936, page 21.

Paulin-Chambers Building, 311 Ross Avenue, Winnipeg Historical Buildings & Resources Committee, July 2018.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 September 2020

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