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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Walter Gilbert (1850-1890)

Physician, municipal official.

Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, in 1850, he entered the teaching profession before graduating in 1873 from the Chicago School of Medicine and in 1875 from the medical college in Toronto. For several years he practised medicine in Stratford, Ontario, before coming to Manitoba in 1882, becoming one of the first settlers in the Carberry area. He served as Reeve for the Rural Municipality of North Cypress in 1884 and 1885. An active and prominent member of the Manitoba Conservative party, he was twice defeated in the provincial elections in 1886 and 1888 as a candidate for Norfolk constituency. Gilbert died on 26 November 1890, and was buried in St. Thomas, Ontario. He is commemorated by Gilbert Avenue in Winnipeg.

Sources:

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

The People of the Big Plain: Carberry, North Cypress 125th Anniversary. Carberry-North Cypress 125 History Book Committee, 2007. Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.C36.

Page revised: 10 December 2009

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