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Memorable Manitobans: Anne Matheson Gordon Henderson (1896-1985)


Born at Winnipeg on 11 December 1896, a daughter of Angus M. Henderson and Mary McRae, she was a descendant of the first Henderson who wintered at the Forks in 1807-8 and, after several years with the Hudsons Bay Company in northern districts, married into one of the original Lord Selkirk Settlement families and settled at Red River. Her mothers people, West Highland and Border folk, came to Eastern Canada in the same period and, in 1874, came to Fort Garry by lake and rail and river boat from Moorhead. Her interest in local history grew out of family stories. In her spare time, she gardened. Long a member of the Council of the Manitoba Historical Society, a past President, and chairman of the genealogical section, she was a true amateur in the dictionary sense. She also served as President of the Lord Selkirk Association of Rupertsland. In 1970, she was awarded a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society. She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 2 April 1985.

Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

The Lord Selkirk Association of Ruperts Land
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 7, Number 3, April 1962

From Fort Douglas to the Forks
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 23, 1966-67 Season

The Lord Selkirk Settlement at Red River, Part 1
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 13, Number 1, Autumn 1967

The Lord Selkirk Settlement at Red River, Part 2
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 13, Number 2, Winter 1968

The Lord Selkirk Settlement at Red River, Part 3
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 13, Number 3, Spring 1968

Tecumseh School District No. 34, 1877-1977
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 23, Number 4, Summer 1978


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 1985, page 40.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

We thank Phyllis Fraser and Bill Mackay for providing birth and death dates.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 December 2018

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