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Memorable Manitobans: Amelia Lemon Burritt (1823-1929)

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Amelia Lemon Burritt
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Pioneer, suffragist.

Born on the banks of the St. Lawrence River on 6 August 1823, daughter of Charles Lemon, she came to Winnipeg with her husband in 1881 and homesteaded at Morden. During the work of the Political Equality League to gain the vote for women, at the age of 94 years, she got over 4,000 names on a petition to premier Tobias Crawford Norris. Interviewed on the occasion of her 103rd birthday, making her the province’s oldest women at that point, she remarked “I am still enjoying life, and I am happy, everyone is so kind.” She died in the Home for the Aged and Infirm at Portage la Prairie on 16 January 1929 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.

See also:

Those Women by Irene Craig
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 5, Number 1, September 1959

“Give us our due!” How Manitoba Women Won the Vote by Harry Gutkin and Mildred Gutkin
Manitoba History, Number 32, Autumn 1996

Sources:

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Pioneer Manitoban suffragette dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 January 1929, page 7.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 April 2020

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