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Memorable Manitobans: Frances Virginia McColl (1916-2005)

Educator, historian.

Born at Winnipeg on 27 June 1916, daughter of Gilbert B. McColl and Edith Durand, she attended Robert H. Smith School, Kelvin High School, and the University of Manitoba (BSc in Home Economics, 1938). She taught for three years at Trail, British Columbia and nine years at Portage la Prairie before completing the rest of her career in the St. Vital School Division. In retirement, she wrote two books based on documents kept by her family, Vignettes of Early Winnipeg, 1912-1926: Selections From Letters of Edith McColl to Her Parents and Sister Mildred (1981) and Ebenezer McColl, ‘Friend to the Indians,’ Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Manitoba and Northwest Territories: A Biography, 1835-1902 (1989). She died at Winnipeg, unmarried, on 22 March 2005 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 April 2005, page 27.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 February 2015

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