Memorable Manitobans: William Nicholson Lailey / Marcus O’Dean (1877-?)
Born in England in April 1877, he emigrated to Canada in 1898. He worked as an architect at Brandon from 1904 to 1906 then in San Francisco, California after the 1906 earthquake. He had moved to North Vancouver, British Columbia by 1908 and later to Prince Rupert. Around 1914, he moved to Australia and changed his name to Marcus O’Dean.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.
We thank Derek O’Dean and Juliana O’Dean for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 31 March 2017
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