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Memorable Manitobans: Esme Elizabeth Eldred (1898-1996)


Born at Hounslow, England on 14 November 1898, daughter of Edgar H. Eldred (1860-1928) and Helen Adelaide Hockley Hutchinson (1868-1936), she attended school locally prior to immigrating to Canada aboard the SS Lake Manitoba with her family in 1911. They settled at Crocus before moving to Winnipeg in 1921, where she attended the Central Normal School and became a teacher. She taught three years at Montreal, Quebec and at various public schools in Manitoba, including at David Livingstone School (1949-1950), Wolseley School (1950-1951), and La Verendrye School (1951-1961) before being named Principal of the Manitoba School for the Deaf (1961-1964). Upon retirement, she was awarded the Province of Manitoba Pin. She was a member of St. Andrews Anglican Church and was Honourary member of the Western Canadian Association of the Deaf. She died, unmarried, in Winnipeg on 1 November 1996 and was buried in St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery. She is commemorated by the Esme E. Eldred Room in the Manitoba School for the Deaf.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Isbister school tea marks education week,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1957, page 16.

“Deaf school tea,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1962, page 20.

“Principal Dr. Johnson to open tea for Deaf School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 May 1964, page 19.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1996, page 14.

Eldred family tree, Ancestry.

Hamilton family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 February 2015

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