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Memorable Manitobans: Archibald Macdonald (1851-1921)

Building contractor.

Born on the island of Islay, Scotland on 6 April 1851, he came to Winnipeg in May 1883, followed a year later by his wife and family. He worked as a builder and contractor then, after retirement, he worked as a valuator for a number of loan, investment and insurance companies. He was a member of the Board of Valuation and Revision for the City of Winnipeg, acting as a building expert. He had six children: John A. Macdonald, Donald F. Macdonald, Dr. Duncan A. Macdonald, Fletcher A. Macdonald, Francis J. Macdonald, and Mrs. Elwood Cross. He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and the Sons of Scotland (Camp Melrose). He died at his Winnipeg home on 8 October 1921 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Gilroy House

73 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg

1902

 

Sources:

“Prominent Contractor Died Suddenly Saturd’y” Newspaper clipping dated 18 October 1921. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2020

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