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Memorable Manitobans: William Newton Finlay (c1869-?)


Born at Belfast, Ireland around 1869, he immigrated to Canada and married Georgina Macdonald (c1870-?) at Winnipeg on 19 August 1896. The couple had at least two sons: Harold Homer Finlay (1897-?) and Glen Macdonald Finlay (1908-?). He earned a BA degree and he taught at Fairmount School (1889) prior to serving as Principal and mathematics teacher at Brandon Collegiate (1900-1910). He also served as President of the Manitoba Education Association (1909-1910). By 1916, he and his family had moved to Yorkton, Saskatchewan where he worked as a Principal (c1916-1921) of the local collegiate. Still alive as of 1944, his whereabouts beyond this time are unknown.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1906 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1956, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 25 December 2015

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