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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Hastings (1858-1940)

Lawyer, civil servant.

Born at Peterborough, Ontario on 29 December 1858, he received legal training at Osgoode Hall in Toronto then practiced at Belleville and Toronto. He came to Winnipeg in 1890. He was Lands Registrar at Boissevain from 1901 to 1902, after which he became provincial organizer for the Conservative party. He later practiced law in Winnipeg with Thomas H. Gilmour and James B. Andrews, and was a Crown Prosecutor. In 1916, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was a recruiter. On 10 January 1883, he married Margaret Anna Hargraves (1855-?) at Hastings and they had three children: Harry J. N. Hastings (b 1883), Monica Hastings (b 1885), and Naomi Hastings (b ?). He died at his Winnipeg home, 639 McMillan Avenue, on 12 February 1940 and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mr. Manbey is “Squared”: Oak Lake resident appointed to succeed Registrar Hastings,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1902, page 9.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Lieut.-Col. W. H. Hastings,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1940, page 18.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 January 2017

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