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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Girling (1874-1941)

Contractor, architect.

Born at Stratford-on-Avon, England on 15 January 1874, he came to Canada in 1903 and lived at Manitou, Glenlea, and Wawanesa. He worked as a building contractor at Portage la Prairie. In 1907, he moved to Rivers, spending six years there before moving to Transcona in the employ of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. He worked in its motive power and car departments before retiring in 1935. He and wife Alice Burgess (1880-1943) had a son, William Arthur Girling (1904-1967, husband of Mary Alexandra Mitchell). He died at Transcona on 15 November 1941 and was buried in the Transcona Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Blais House

315 Victoria Avenue East, Winnipeg



Transcona Cemetery Chapel and Winter Vault

Dugald Road, RM of Springfield




Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 December 1932, page 15.

Obituary [Alice Girling], Winnipeg Tribune, 29 December 1943, page 19.

Obituary [William Arthur Girling], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1967, page 40.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Eusebe Joseph Blais House, 315 Victoria Avenue East, City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, October 2012.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 December 2019

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