Memorable Manitobans: Harold Ralph Maybank (1890-1965)
Lawyer, MLA (1933-1936), MP (1936-1940), MP (1940-1945), MP (1945-1949), MP (1949-1953), judge.
Born at London, Ontario on 17 August 1890, son of John Maybank and Marion Bates, he attended public school at London before coming to Winnipeg where he completed his education at Alexandra School and worked as a yardman for the Canadian Pacific Railway before enlisting in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. After returning from military duty, he worked as a journalist for the Manitoba Free Press before attending law school, graduating in 1922, after which he practised law for a time.
He entered politics as a Winnipeg alderman in 1929 to 1931, serving as chairman of the Unemployment Relief Administration. He ran for a seat in the Manitoba Legislature for Winnipeg in 1927 but was defeated. He was elected in 1932 but resigned in 1935 to take a seat in the House of Commons for Winnipeg South Centre, being re-elected in 1940, 1945 and 1949. He held positions of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Welfare (October 1947 to January 1949), and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Mines and Resources (January 1949 to July 1951). He was made a King’s Counsel in January 1938. He was appointed a judge of the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench in July 1951.
On 22 October 1927, he married Dora Boys (1896-1991). They had two sons, Roger Maybank and John Maybank. He was a member of the Winnipeg Press Club.
He died at Winnipeg, while still a judge, on 19 March 1965 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery. He is commemorated by Ralph Maybank School and Maybank Drive in Winnipeg. His papers are at the Archives of Manitoba.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Six new K.C.’s,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1938, page 1.
“Many active in city’s life today attended Alexandra” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1949.
“Maybank dies after long illness,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 March 1965, page 19.
The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.
Obituary [Dora Maybank], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1991, page 46.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 April 2022