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Memorable Manitobans: Eva Lilian Jones (1871-1928)

Educator, community activist.

Born at London, England in June 1871, daughter of John W. Jones and Jane Archer, she was educated at London, Paris, Germany, and St. Andrew’s University (Scotland). She was Head of the Day School at Havergal College (Toronto, Ontario) from 1902 to 1906 then she came to Manitoba in 1906 to become Principal of Havergal College. She served as President of the Winnipeg Women’s Canadian Club (1910-1911), President of the University Women’s Club (1912), a member of the executive of the Playgrounds Association, and a member of the Western Art Association. Her interest in the First World War efforts and the Red Cross, combined with the work of the Women’s Canadian Club, resulted in the raising of a cenotaph in front of the Bank of Montreal. In poor health, she moved to La Jolle, California in January 1928 where she died suddenly on 8 June 1928. Her body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in St. John’s Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bank of Montreal War Monument (335 Main Street, Winnipeg)

54 West Gate: Stories of Ralph Connor House by the Heritage House Committee-Book Project Team. Winnipeg, Friends of Ralph Connor House Inc., 2005.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Miss Eva L. Jones, educationalist, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 1928, page 4.

“Tributes are paid Miss Eva L. Jones,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 1928, page 8.

“Twenty years ago—June 9, 1928,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 1948, page 9.

We thank Nathan Kramer and June Dutka for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2015

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