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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Campbell McTavish (1844-1913)

Fur trader.

In 1875, he married Lydia Christie (?-1886), daughter of Mary Sinclair Christie and William J. Christie, at Holy Trinity Church in Winnipeg. They moved to Norway House where he was employed as a Clerk for the Hudson’s Bay Company, eventually rising to the position of Chief Factor. Their children were Florence Edith McTavish, Grace McTavish (?-?), and Graham McTavish (?-?). He died on 24 October 1913.


From Women’s Hands: An Object Biography of the McTavish Collection by Angela Fey, MA (Native Studies), University of Manitoba, 2017.

‘By Education and Conduct’: Educating Trans-Imperial Indigenous Fur-Trade Children in the Hudson’s Bay Company Territories and the British Empire, 1820s to 1870s” by Erin Millions, PhD dissertation, University of Manitoba, 2017.

We thank Erin Millions for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 September 2018

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