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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Burrage (1858-1927)


Born in England on 14 April 1858, he came to Canada with his parents as a young boy. He worked for 42 as an engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and was assigned to a number of prominent runs, including visits of the royal family. In 1877, he was a fireman on the first locomotive to reach Winnipeg, the Countess of Dufferin. He died at his Winnipeg home on 3 February 1927 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“William H. Burrage, Pioneer Citizen, Dies” Manitoba Free Press, 4 February 1927 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Page revised: 29 August 2009

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