Memorable Manitobans: Emily Irene Morphy Craig (1884-1968)
Drama teacher, broadcaster, writer, historian.
Born at Toronto, Ontario on 3 August 1884, daughter of Henry Edmund Morphy and Miriam Pellatt, she married engineer John Dixon Craig on 15 August 1908, at Toronto, and moved with him to Winnipeg in 1921. She aided him in developing the Winnipeg Little Theatre into the outstanding organization that it became. After the death of her husband, in 1946, she took over his classes as well as her own at United College (later the University of Winnipeg) and St. John’s College. She co-wrote with Helena Macvicar the book Tales and Trails of Western Canada (1947). She also wrote The First Twenty-Five Years of the Drama League (?) and Flags and Formalities (1958). She died at Uxbridge, Ontario on 23 May 1968 and was buried in the Union Cemetery at Oshawa.
Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:
Ontario birth registration [Emily Morphy], Ancestry.
Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
“Drama League will honor Mrs. Craig,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 1964.
Obituary [E. Irene Craig], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1968, page 29.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 July 2023