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Memorable Manitobans: C. Timothy Burns (1857-1940)


Born at Digby, Nova Scotia in 1857, he had a metal and tile contracting business at Halifax, moving it to Winnipeg in 1905. His long career as a rifleman began when he was 18 years old and he eventually became one of the best shots in Canada. In competition he set two Canadian records that, at the time of his death, still stood. In 1889 he was winner of the Governor-General’s Match and he was a member of the Canadian Bisley team 13 times. He placed first in competitions at Ottawa, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba. In 1914 he won the Lieutenant-Governors Match during the Manitoba Provincial Rifle Association matches. He died at Winnipeg on 31 March 1940.


“Noted rifleman is dead, aged 81,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 April 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 92]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2019

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