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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Hawkins (1879-1962)

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Robert Hawkins
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Insurance and financial agent, magistrate, MLA (1933-1936), MLA (1937-1940), Speaker (1937-1949), MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949).

Born at Somerset, England on 29 May 1879, son of Robert Hawkins and Elizabeth Condery, he came to Canada in 1904 and to Dauphin in 1905. He joined a local insurance firm and took it over in 1914. He was a founder and one of the first Presidents of the Associated Hospitals of Manitoba.

On 29 September 1908, he married Mary Amelia Widlake (1881-1960), daughter of Edward H. Widlake, of Bristol, England. They had one son, Edward W. Hawkins. He served as police magistrate and juvenile court justice until he ran for a seat in the Manitoba Legislature as a Liberal Progressive in 1932. He represented Dauphin in the legislature for 17 years, being re-elected or acclaimed in 1936, 1941, and 1945. He was appointed Speaker in 1937 and was reappointed in 1941 and 1945. A member of the Masons, he was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba.

He died at Dauphin on 19 June 1962 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery. His correspondence while Speaker of the Legislature is in the Archives of Manitoba.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1943.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 1962, page 35.

Obituary [E. W. Hawkins], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 July 1995, page 15.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 November 2020

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