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Memorable Manitobans: Hamilton Borradaile Chipman (1885-1958)

Publicist, writer.

Born at London, England on 5 February 1885, son of Clarence Campbell Chipman and Ada Jane Borradaile, he came to Canada at a young age and lived at Ottawa and later at Winnipeg. He returned to England for his education and, during the First World War, served with the 8th Battalion Winnipeg Rifles. He was a prisoner of war in Germany for over three years.

He returned to Winnipeg after the war and worked in advertising and publicity. He wrote two books, including Meri-Ka-Chak - His Message (with Edgar Stanford Russenholt), and contributed to Canadian and American periodicals. At the time of his retirement, he was publicity manager for Winnipeg Hydro. He was editor of The Actimist, a publication of the Winnipeg Board of Trade.

On 8 May 1920, he married Mabel Honora Turney (1889-?) at Winnipeg and they had a son and a daughter. He was active in polo, rowing, tennis, cricket, and shooting and at one time was the featherweight boxing champion of Manitoba.

He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 17 June 1958 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery. At the time of his death, he was living in the Panama Court Apartments.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“H. B. Chipman, publicity man,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 June 1958, page 33.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 20 June 1958, page 26.

We thank Rick Brown for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 February 2021

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