Memorable Manitobans: Albert Edward Kristjansson (1877-1974)
Cleric, MLA (1921-1922).
Born in Iceland on 17 April 1877, he came to Manitoba in 1888 and settled at Gimli. He attended the Winnipeg Collegiate Institute then went to the Meadville Theological School at Meadville, Pennsylvania, graduating with a divinity degree early in the 20th century.
He returned to Manitoba and served as a Unitarian minister at Gimli, Hecla Island, Merry Hill, Shoal Lake, and Oak Point. He was a member of the Icelandic Conference of Unitarian churches, a charter member and honorary life member of the Icelandic National League, and received the Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon from the Icelandic government.
He was a Labour candidate in the 1920 provincial general election and served a single term, being defeated in 1922 and 1927.
He died at Blaine, Washington on 29 July 1974 and was buried in the Gimli Cemetery.
Uncle of Leo Friman Kristjanson.
“Kristjanson saga spread to Lake Winnipeg shore,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 July 1971.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 August 1974, page 16.
Motion of condolence, Manitoba Hansard, 26 February 1976, page 357.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 21 April 2022