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Memorable Manitobans: Lily Amelia Harrison (1882-1968)


Born at Winnipeg on 17 April 1882, daughter of James C. Harrison and Jane Dixon, at an early age she was brought to Brandon when her father, a locomotive engineer, was transferred there. After completing high school at Brandon in 1903, she began a 55-year teaching career at Margaret School. She completed her teacher training at the Brandon Normal School then taught at Hillview School (near Kenton) and Poplar Hill School before taking more teacher training at the Central Normal School. In 1907, she returned to Brandon as a teacher at the Central School. She joined the staff of the Brandon Normal School in the early 1930s, teaching the “model room” program with classes in grades 1 to 5. Following the closure of the Normal School in 1942, she became Assistant Principal of Alexandra School, retiring in June 1958. She died unmarried at Brandon on 18 January 1968 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery. She is commemorated by Ecole Harrison in Brandon.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 20 January 1968, page 13.

History Notes, Brandon School Division.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 July 2013

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