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Manitoba History No. 88
Manitoba
History

No. 88

Lieutenant Governor's History Award
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Governor's
History
Award

MHS Fundraising Dinner
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Fundraising
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War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
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Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Frank Henry Ellis (1893-1979)

Bus driver, aviation expert.

Born at Nottingham, England on 13 October 1893, son of Joseph Ellis and Selina Selfe, he came to Canada in 1912. In 1920 he flew as a mechanic on the first airplane flight north of the 53rd parallel. He became a bus driver in 1925, an occupation he pursued until his retirement. In 1954 he published Canada’s Flying Heritage, a pioneer history of Canadian aviation, and in 1959 he produced In Canadian Skies. In 1970, he was awarded a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society. He died at North Vancouver, British Columbia on 4 July 1979.

Sources:

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Ryan Grant for providing the death date of Frank Ellis.

Page revised: 14 June 2009

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