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Memorable Manitobans: William Taylor Dorward (1904-1975)


Born at Durban, South Africa in 1904, he moved with his parents to Birtle in 1912. He attended Birtle School, Miniota School, University of Manitoba, and Manitoba Law School, receiving BA and LLB degrees from the latter. He worked for the Winnipeg law firm of Aikins MacAuley and Company (1929-1933) then moved to Killarney where he opened his own law practice, operating it until his death. He was made a Queen's Counsel in 1959.

He was married twice, first on 20 October 1934 to Margaret Elizabeth Huggins (1909-1963) at Birtle with whom he had a daughter and two sons, and second to widow Mabel Ellen Ransome (1903-1997). He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Killarney School Board (1939-1966), and a councillor for the Town of Killarney. He was a member of the Manitoba Bar Association, Masons, Odd Fellows, Kiwanis, Killarney Chamber of Commerce, Turtle Mountain Hospital District, and Killarney United Church.

He died at Killarney on 12 September 1975 and was buried in the Killarney Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“6 barristers, magistrates appointed Queen’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1959, page 12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 September 1975, page 30.

Obituary [Mabel Ellen Dorward], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1997, page 48.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 June 2021

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