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Memorable Manitobans: William Alexander Ellison (c1906-1952)

Educator.

Born in Australia around 1906, he came to Canada in 1926 and taught at Teulon School (1929-1930). He was the Principal of Grandin School in the Fort Garry area of Winnipeg from 1930 to 1946, when he quit, along with the entire teaching staff of the school, over a dispute with the school board over wages. He taught briefly at the Manitoba Technical Institute, then became the Principal of Lockport School in 1951. While in Fort Garry, he was a Justice of the Peace, helped to found the Grandin Home and School Association, and was a vestryman for St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. On 21 May 1938, he married fellow teacher Lorna Leslie Duxbury (1914-2018) at Winnipeg and they subsequently had three children. He died suddenly at Winnipeg on 19 January 1952 and was buried in the Fort Garry Cemetery.

Sources:

“School has complete new staff,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1946, page 3.

“Funeral service held Monday for W. A. Ellison,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 1952, page 27.

Obituary [Lorna Leslie Ellison], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 February 2018.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 January 2022

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