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Memorable Manitobans: Olive Mildred McMahon (c1914-1962)


Born at Winnipeg around 1914, daughter of James McMahon (c1879-?) and Mary Elizabeth Doyle (c1892-?), she graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and earned BA (1941) and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. Following teacher training, she taught at Abbotshall School (1938-1939) prior to serving as the Principal of Dunrea School (1940-1941), Bowsman School (1948-1949), and Cartwright School (1949-1953). She taught French, mathematics, and drama and was librarian at the Dauphin Collegiate (1953-1958). She eventually returned to the Winnipeg area, working at the West Kildonan Collegiate Institute at the time of her death. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League, Manitoba Film Association (President), and Manitoba Teachers’ Society. She died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 24 January 1962 and was buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth registration [Verna Catherine McMahon], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Degrees in course [Bachelor of Arts],” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 May 1942, page 3.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Shortage of films feared,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 November 1953, page 3.

“Manitoba drama festival opens with four plays,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 June 1954, page 11.

“Mrs. B. C. Goodhand again library board chairman,” Dauphin Herald & Press, 30 January 1958, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 25 January 1962, page 28.

Winnipeg estate file 213/62, Olive Mildred McMahon, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 January 2017

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