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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Matilda Dawson McFarlane (c1894-1971)

Educator.

Born at St. Mary’s, Ontario around 1894, she became a teacher, studied Latin, and worked as a teacher before moving west. She taught (1915-1921) and was Principal of Crystal City School (1916-1920), after which she taught at Teulon School (1921). In 1919, she was one of two teachers selected by her peers to serve on the Commission on Status and Salaries of Teachers.

On 7 January 1922, she married Austin MacPherson McFarlane (c1891-1961) at Winnipeg and they had two daughters: Mary Ethel McFarlane (?-?, wife of A. C. Hamilton) and Clara Jean McFarlane (?-?). She was a member of the St. James Presbyterian Church and resided at 2550 Assiniboine Crescent in St. James.

She died at her Winnipeg residence on 16 September 1971 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.

Sources:

1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Commission to enquire into pay of teachers,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 September 1919, page 2.

“Teachers’ Commission meets,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 October 1919, page 7.

“Probing salaries of teachers at Brandon,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 October 1919, page 45.

Obituary [Dr. A. MacP. McFarlane], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 1961, page 33.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #63568 Austin M. McFarlane, GR4884, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 September 1971, page 39.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #1958/71 Mary M. McFarlane, GR4907, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 11 September 2022

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