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Memorable Manitobans: William John de Manbey (1853-1922)

Lawyer, civil servant.

Born at Guildford, County Surrey, England on 23 October 1853, eldest son of George Manbey (1821-1900) and Georgiana Harper (1823-1905), he was educated at the Godolphin grammar school at Hammersmith, England. He received his legal education in England. On 25 February 1880, he married May Elizabeth Antoinette Breach (1860-?) on the Isle of Wight. Soon after they emigrated to Canada, where they settled in western Manitoba and subsequently had four children: Edith Mary Donne Harper de Manbey (1882-?), Wilfrid Nigel Barnwell de Grandville de Manbey, Anthony de Manbey, and Thomas More Hugh de Lyndsay de Manbey (1898-?). He worked as a lawyer at Oak Lake for a time, then was Lands Registrar at Boissevain from 1902 to 1907, later moving to Brandon. He died there on 28 February 1922 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mr. Manbey is “Squared”: Oak Lake resident appointed to succeed Registrar Hastings,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1902, page 9.

Burial transcription [William John Demamby], Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

We thank Alan Evans-Hendrick for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2014

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