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Memorable Manitobans: Elzéar Goulet (1836-1870)

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Born in St. Boniface, he was educated there. A member of the military tribunal that condemned Thomas Scott, on 13 September 1870 he was attacked by a mob of Canadian volunteers from the Wolseley Expedition, who forced him with stones to the river, where he drowned. His recovered body indicated he had been struck in the head with a stone. Goulet was apparently an American citizen, a result of his serving as a mail carrier from Pembina to Upper Fort Garry from 1860 to 1869.

Father of Roger Goulet.

He is commemorated by a Park in the St. Boniface area of Winnipeg.

See also:

The Story of Elzéar Goulet by Jérôme Marchildon
Manitoba History, Number 65, Winter 2011

Elzéar Goulet, Dictionary of Canadian Biography IX, 329-30.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 November 2012

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