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Memorable Manitobans: George White Murray (1856-1933)


Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 17 January 1856, son of John Murray and Jannett Turnbull, he apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner. He emigrated to Canada in 1881, spending a year in Montreal before coming to Winnipeg in 1882 where he engaged in general contracting until 1890 when he established the Royal Planing Mills. He employed over 100 men and built cabinetry and miscellaneous interior work for delivery throughout the prairie provinces.

In 1889 he married Flora Lyon of Rat Portage, Ontario [now Kenora]. They had five children: Gertrude Murray, Margaret Murray, John Murray, Crawford Murray, and William Murray. He was President of the Winnipeg Builders Exchange and a member of the Winnipeg Board of Trade. He was a member of the Masons, the Woodmen of the World, and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

He died at Winnipeg on 11 February 1933.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration for G. W. Murray, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Geo. W. Murray dies suddenly at age of 79”, Winnipeg Tribune, 13 February 1933.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 October 2012

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