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Memorable Manitobans: Justin Sarsfield Delury (1884-1968)


Born in Ontario on 15 January 1884, he was educated at the University of Toronto and the University of Minnesota. He was then put in charge of the Department of Geology at the University of Idaho, leaving there in 1913 to come to the University of Manitoba to serve as a lecturer in Geology. He left the University in 1927 to establish a Geology Department at the University of Saskatchewan. He returned to Manitoba the next year when he was appointed as Commissioner of Mines for Manitoba, Chair of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Manitoba, and Head of the Department of Geology at the University of Manitoba, succeeding Robert C. Wallace. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1927 and served as Chairman of the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mines and Metallurgy. On 23 July 1921, he married Paulina Porter Fox (1878-?) at Winnipeg.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“DeLury is named to succeed Dr. Wallace,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 July 1928. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 January 2016

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