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Memorable Manitobans: Helena Sarah “Nell” Macvicar (1878-1958)


Born at St. Boniface on 31 March 1878, daughter of George D. Macvicar and Josephine Larwill (1844-1921), she worked for many years in the Registrar’s office of the University of Manitoba. She was a member of the Manitoba Historical Society, Winnipeg Little Theatre, and Poetry Society of Winnipeg (President). She wrote stories on the early history of Manitoba and the book Margaret Scott: A Tribute (c1939). She co-wrote with Irene Craig the book Tales and Trails of Western Canada (1947). Between 1945 and 1947, at the direction of the Manitoba Historical Society, she researched the Millford and Portage la Prairie districts. She died unmarried at the King George Hospital on 1 December 1958 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. George D. Macvicar, Winnipeg pioneer, succumbs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 September 1921, page 2.

“Helena S. Macvicar funeral Thursday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 December 1958, page 8.

“An Aboriginal Past and a Multicultural Future”: Margaret McWilliams and Manitoba History by Mary Kinnear, Manitoba History, Number 24, Autumn 1992.

We thank David Carey for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 September 2016

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