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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Cooper Iliffe (1866-1937)


Born at Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England on 29 March 1866, he began teaching at the age of 16. He and his wife Edith Sarah Iliffe (1869-1949) had one son, George Douglas Iliffe, and moved to Canada in 1907. They settled in Manitoba where he was Principal of St. James School (1907-1909) in the St. James School District, followed with terms as Principal of Elm Creek School (1909-1911) and Wawanesa School (1911-1913). Next, he moved to Winnipeg where he was long-serving teacher (1913-1937) at St. John’s College. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 232 Inkster Boulevard, on 23 March 1937 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“St. John’s College changed,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 September 1913, page 20.

“Joseph C. Iliffe, educationist, dies in his 71st year,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 1937, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 24 March 1937, page 21.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 1937, page 20.

“Mrs. J. C. Iliffe, Anglican leader, dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 October 1949, page 3.

“Mrs. J. C. Iliffe dies here at 84 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1949, page 20.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 November 2020

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