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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth “Eliza” Louise McKenney Mair (1849-1905)


Born in Ontario, daughter of Augustus McKenney, she married Charles Mair in Red River in 1869. Shortly after their honeymoon, the couple were imprisoned together in Upper Fort Garry by Louis Riel. After the Rebellion, she accompanied Mair west to Portage la Prairie and then to Prince Albert, (in present day Saskatchewan). When the poet travelled in the 1890s, she remained in Prince Albert as postmistress to assure the family finances.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 29 March 2008

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