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Memorable Manitobans: Roy Gordon Mitchell (1916-1994)

Farmer, photographer, conservationist.

Born at Sifton on 21 July 1916, son of William Mitchell and Laura Strasdin, he grew up on the family farm and attended Fairville School. As a young man he took up farming north of Dauphin and developed a keen interest in hunting, trapping, and nature photography. Over a period of 24 years, he developed a site along the Valley River into a nature sanctuary. He subsequently donated the land so it would remain a sanctuary in perpetuity. In 1985, his efforts were recognized by a Conservation Award from the provincial government. He died, unmarried, at Dauphin on 21 November 1994 and was buried in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hidden Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (RM of Dauphin)

Sources:

“Gov’t honors local naturalists,” Dauphin Herald, 15 October 1985, page B2.

“A sanctuary forever,” Dauphin Herald, 14 October 1986, page 13.

Obituary, Dauphin Herald, 6 December 1994, page 27.

We thank Alan Mason for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 August 2017

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