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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Macaw (1880-1958)

Building contractor.

Born at Bushmills, Ireland on 17 February 1880, he was orphaned at an early age and came to Canada in 1904 where he became involved in the construction industry by building homes and offices. In 1908, he partnered with Robert J. MacDonald in forming the M & M Construction Company (later known as Macaw and MacDonald). They specialized in the construction of bridges around Manitoba. On 17 January 1914, he married Sidney Frances Robinson (1890-1963) at Winnipeg and they had two children: Joan Evelyn Macaw (1920-2017, wife of Kenneth A. Miners) and Kenneth William “Ken” Macaw (1927-2016). He died at his Winnipeg home, 117 Kingsway Avenue, on 18 September 1958 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Island Park Bridge

Portage la Prairie

?

 

Provencher Bridge

Winnipeg

1914-1918

Demolished (?)

Bowsman Union School No. 1273

Bowsman

1926

Demolished (?)

Highway #10 Concrete Bridge

RM of Whitewater

1929

 

Island Park Bridge

Royal Road, Portage la Prairie

1929

Demolished (2019)

Lac du Bonnet Steel Girder Bridge

RM of Lac du Bonnet

1931

 

St. James Bridge

Winnipeg

1935-1936

 

Selkirk Lift Bridge

Selkirk

1935-1936

 

Omand’s Creek Bridge

Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1936

 

Pine Falls Generating Station

Powerview

1949-1950

 

Red River Bridge

St. Jean

?

 

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Joan Evelyn Macaw weds in grandmother’s bridal gown,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 October 1944, page 8.

“Last rites Saturday for Arthur Macaw,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1958, page 30.

Obituary [Sidney Frances Macaw], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 March 1963, page 27.

Pioneering in Highway Bridges for the Province of Manitoba and the Engineering Profession by George A. DePauw, 1993, page 12.

Obituary [Kenneth William Macaw], Winnipeg Free Press, July 2016.

Obituary [Joan Evelyn Miners], Gerald A. Smith Funeral Home.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Sidney Macaw for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 February 2019

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