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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Alfred Hemsworth (1872-1955)


Born at Listowel, Ontario on 16 August 1872, son of Frederick Hemsworth (c1841-?) and Ella Hemsworth (c1842-?), he became a teacher and moved to Manitoba, where he taught at Reston School (1901-1902) and was Principal of Cypress River School (1902-1904), Norwood Public School / Tache School (1906-1908), and Morris School (1808-1909). He was the Secretary of the Eastern Teachers’ Association in Manitoba and Vice-President of the Virden County Teachers Association (1902). He married Mary Jane Elliott (1870-1955) and had three children: Elliott Bevan Hemsworth (1905-1993), George Edward Hemsworth (1906-1971), Phyllis Mellow Hemsworth (1907-?, wife of Ravid Ralph Matthews). In 1910, he and his family moved to British Columbia where he taught in Vancouver (1910-?) and was later Principal of McDonald School (?-1937), after which he retired. He died in Coquitlam, British Columbia on 19 January 1955 and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at Burnaby.


1881 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

1901 Canada census [Hemswerth], Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Teachers taught,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 June 1902, page 21.

“Local Notes,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1904, page 3.

“Absent and anxious ones,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 April 1906, page 5.

“Eastern teachers meet at St. Boniface,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 October 1907, page 11.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 August 2014

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