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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 Postmaster at Minnedosa (1880-1882), lawyer at Oak Lake (?-?), and Lands Registrar at Boissevain (1902-1907) before 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: 7 October 2020

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