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Memorable Manitobans: Helgi Einarsson (1870-1961)

Fisherman, merchant.

Born in Iceland on 28 August 1870, son of Einar Kristjansson and Gudrun Helgadottir, the family emigrated to Canada in 1887, settling in the vicinity of Lundar. He worked as a fisherman, trader, boat builder, and captain on lake boats. His autobiography was published in Iceland in 1954. It was subsequently translated into English and published as Helgi Einarsson: A Manitoba Fisherman at Winnipeg in 1982. It contains a remarkable description of the fishing industry in Manitoba in the late 19th century. He died at Anama Bay on the Dauphin River, on 17 December 1961. He was buried in the Anama Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1961, page 45.

Helgi Einarsson: A Manitoba Fisherman. Translated from the Icelandic by George Houser, Winnipeg: Queenston House, 1982.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2016

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