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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Edmund Marsh “Eric” Hamber (1853-1913)


Born in England on 8 November 1853, he was educated at King’s College from 1868 to 1871. He emigrated to Canada in 1876 and was joined two years later by his wife Ada G. Jefferson (1853-1917). They subsequently had four children at Winnipeg: Eric Werge Hamber (b 1879, who later became Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), Kathleen Hamber (b 1881), Harold Bellemy Hamber (b 1883), and Hereward Cyril Hamber (b 1885).

In August 1881, he became a teacher of English, Mathematics, and Music at St. John’s College School, staying there for the remainder of his career, serving as Deputy Headmaster from 1905 to the time of his death. Known as a strict disciplinarian in his early years, he was well regarded by later generations of students.

He died at his Winnipeg residence on Mortimer Place on 22 February 1913 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Winnipeg loses another old-timer,” Manitoba Free Press, 24 February 1913, page 8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 July 2013

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