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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Matheson (1833-1907)

Farmer, builder.

Born at Kildonan, Red River Settlement, in 1833, he began his career as a farmer in Kildonan and also entered into partnership with J. H. Bell as a contractor and builder. Before the coming of the railroad he travelled extensively throughout the West to the Rocky Mountains. In 1858 he worked for the Palliser Expedition, particularly assisting Lieutenant Thomas Blakiston, R.A. In 1859 he accompanied the Earl of Southesk on his travels. He was married and had two children. He was an elder of the Bird’s Hill Road Presbyterian Church and for several years he served on the Kildonan School Board as well as on the municipal council. He died at Bird’s Hill in 1907.

Sources:

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 October 2018

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