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Memorable Manitobans: Eileen Magill (1906-1964)

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Eileen Magill
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Born in Nova Scotia on 18 April 1906, her family moved to Manitoba where, in 1928, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with an honors degree in French and philosophy. In August 1928, she became the second Canadian woman, and the first Manitoban woman, to hold a private pilot’s certificate. Denied a career in aviation, she married Rene Cera and moved to Woodbridge, Ontario. She died at Lennox, Massachusetts in 1964.


Souvenir Programme, Winnipeg Aviation Meet, 1928.

“Women played prominent role,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1978, page 42.

Eileen Magill, Winnipeg Time Machine by George Siamandas.

This page was prepared by James Kostuchuk.

Page revised: 28 September 2021

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