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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Matheson (1827-1911)

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Alexander Matheson
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Cleric, pioneer.

Born at Kildonan on 18 March 1827, son of John Matheson and Ann Polson, he was educated at St. John’s School. From 1849 to 1853 he taught in the first school house in Kildonan, and in 1850 he organized the first Sunday School. In 1853 he went to Toronto to attend Knox College and in 1860 he entered the ministry. He served in pastorates in Ontario and at Little Britain in Manitoba. He was instrumental in the formation of the Lord Selkirk Settlers’ Association and acted as chaplain. At a reunion of the association in 1910 he presented a paper Some Characteristics of the Early Settlers.

On 12 November 1862, he married Victoria Johnstone (?-1903) at Roxborough, Ontario. They had seven children: John Matheson (?-1866), William Matheson, Mary Ann Matheson, Alexander Matheson, Robert Burns Matheson, James Matheson, and David Young Matheson.

He died on 15 February 1911 and was buried in Kildonan Cemetery. He is commemorated by Matheson Avenue in Winnipeg.


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

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

“Kildonan pioneer passes away”, Manitoba Free Press, 16 February 1911, page 8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 May 2011

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