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Memorable Manitobans: John William Lawbe Doubleday (1867-1938)


Born in England on 20 August 1867, he emigrated to Canada in 1887. He taught at Newbridge School (1912) and was the Principal of Morris School (1912-1913) before coming to West Kildonan where he was a teacher and later Principal of Centennial School (1913-1921) and Victory School (1921-1929). He was active in the organization of the Manitoba Teachers’ Federation. On 19 September 1894, he married Alice Jane Conduit at Winnipeg. They had two children: Allan W. Doubleday (b 1896) and Lilly Winnifred Doubleday (b 1898, wife of Gustaf R. Holmquist). In 1929, he retired to Victoria, British Columbia where he died on 15 May 1938.


Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Clubdom,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 June 1929, page 8.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“Former teacher in Kildonan dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1938, page 15.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 October 2017

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