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Memorable Manitobans: George S. Mathieson (1873-1951)

Grain merchant, community activist.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1873, he emigrated to Canada in 1911. He worked with the United Grain Growers from 1917 until joining the Norris Grain Company as Assistant Manager in 1923. He was appointed Vice-President in 1947. He served as President of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange from 1939 to 1941.

He was also active in the musical community of Winnipeg, serving as Secretary of the Men’s Musical Club from 1916 until he became President in 1944, and as Secretary of the Manitoba Musical Society from 1918 to 1944 when he became President. He worked on the Associated Canadian Festivals Committee, being Secretary in 1947. He helped to established the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, of which he became a Director. He was also President of the Civic Music League from its formation in 1945. His book Crescendo: A Business Man’s Romance in Music, written under the pseudonym “G. Sharp Major” and published privately in 1934, was a history of 19 years of musical activity in Winnipeg.

He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Motor Country Club, Fellowship Club, and Niakwa Country Club. He served as President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg from 1949 to 1950. A philatelist since childhood, he attended meetings of the Stamp Club at Toronto.

He died at Winnipeg on 7 February 1951. At the time of his death, he resided at 909 McMillan Avenue, Winnipeg.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1951.

“Ex-Grain Exchange head, music founder dies at 78,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1951.

“George Mathieson dies at 77; 4 times Grain Exchange head,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 February 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 March 2017

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