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Memorable Manitobans: Martin Kavanagh (1895-1987)

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Martin Kavanagh
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Teacher, historian.

Born in County Wicklow, Ireland in 1895, he was educated at Annacurra, Wexford, Dublin and London. He came to Canada in 1923 and was Principal of Tummel Consolidated School (1923-1924), Greenridge School (1924-1926), Treherne High School (1927-1929), and teacher of Latin and Commercial Geography at Brandon Collegiate.

He was interested in the early history of the prairies, and in preserving the story of the pioneers. In 1970 he was awarded the Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society. In 1984 he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt for his writings on La Verendrye.

Author of The Assiniboine Basin: A Social Study of Discovery, Exploration and Settlement and La Verendrye - His Life and Times.

See also:

Martin Kavanagh Arrives in Brandon by Martin Kavanagh, Kevin Kavanagh and Sean Kavanagh, introduced by Jim Blanchard
Manitoba History, Number 56, October 2007


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 March 2013

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